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SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or


SSV Medical Society News - 2018 - Volume 7 - Issue 10 - October


Volume 7, Issue 10
October, 2018
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Physicians,

I spent a recent Saturday with over 175 of my colleagues learning about the science of happiness and ways to increase joy throughout the day in our strenuous practice of medicine. Thank you to those who attended the 2nd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit. We all participated in a journaling workshop, addressed the stresses of the EHR, and heard from local colleagues about their inspirations and ways they foster happiness. Additionally, if you missed the Summit, you may view the presentations here.
It really is important to make time for yourself even if it is only for ten minutes a day. I encourage you to check out the resources available through the Joy of Medicine program such as the Peer Groups or Resiliency Consults. I am also happy to announce the launch of our Joy of Medicine-on Call podcast where local physicians share how they find joy throughout their practice of medicine. You can listen to the podcast here: or through your favorite Podcast app by searching, "Joy of Medicine - on Call." 
Rajiv Misquitta, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
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Contact Megan Sharpe at or (916) 826-0422.
Carmichael Physician Peer Group begins October 2018!
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:30pm-7:30pm, Local Physician's home.
RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at, More Information
CMA House of Delegates
Saturday, October 13, 2018- Sunday, October 14, 2018, Sacramento, CA, More Information
Celebrate the Season
Be the first to tour SSVMS' newly expanded and renovated Museum of Medical History while enjoying seasonal drinks and treats with colleagues.
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Register Here
SSVMS Honors Medicine Event- Save the Date!
Thursday, February 28, 2018, 6:00-8:30pm, Tsakopoulos Galleria
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Click here to explore on-demand webinars.
Call for Awards
The SSVMS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Annual Awards, which recognize physicians whose achievements have contributed greatly to the medical community. Anyone may nominate a physician-member. The Awards will be presented on February 28, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria.
Medical Honor Award
Candidate's achievements have significantly contributed to local, statewide, national or international healthcare. Candidate has been a member of SSVMS for at least 5 continuous years.
Golden Stethoscope Award
Candidate has demonstrated unselfishness, compassion and empathy to 
his/her practice and patients. Candidate has been a member of SSVMS for at least 15 continuous years.
For more information or to nominate a candidate, please click here.
Please send letters of nomination to:
SSVMS c/o Margaret Parsons, MD, Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee
5380 Elvas Ave, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95819
In The News
Vetted Vendor
Mela Fratarcangeli 
Broker Associate
Sotheby's International Realty
Throughout Mela's 15 years of experience as a Real Estate Broker, she has developed a reputation for having exceptional local knowledge, a high level of service, superior results and utmost integrity. Mela is consistently ranked in the top 5% of all real estate agents in the Sacramento Valley. For each home purchased or sold, a donation will be made to SSVMS' Joy of Medicine Program to support physician wellness in the Sacramento region. Learn More about Sotheby's International Realty Services Here.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
Joy Of Medicine Corner
Joy of Medicine-on Call Podcast Episode 2 Now Available!
"Acknowledging one's own vulnerability is a sign of strength and we need to demystify that." -Caroline Giroux, MD
We invite Dr. Giroux on to discuss how she uses writing as an outlet within her busy life as a physician. Listen, Share and Subscribe here: 
Featured Joy of Medicine Provider
Kathy James, ThD, Life Coach
(916) 549-9363
Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento Region.
Kathy's decision to work with the Joy of Medicine program is driven by her passion to support a community of compassionate, caring individuals who would benefit from a few hours of self-reflecting in a safe non-judgmental space. Kathy coaches her clients in their self-discovery and awareness of what is possible. To schedule an appointment with Kathy, contact her directly. For more information about Kathy or resiliency consults  visit,
Other Events
OMSS Assembly and Education Conference
Friday, October 12, 2018, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
2018 Shriner's Regional Burn Conference
Friday, November 2, 2018, Sacramento, CA, 8:00am-4:00pm Register/More Information
Family & Medicine, A Balancing Act, Group Sessions offered by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 12:00pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register/More Information 
Southern California Women in Medicine Conference
Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00am-4:30pm, Hotel Irvine, Irvine, CA, Register/More Information
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