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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 - 2019 - Volume 8 - Issue 10

Latest News from Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Volume 8, Issue 10
October, 2019
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,

The California State Legislature has adjourned for this year and the California Medical Association, working on behalf of physicians and your patients, continued its string of legislative victories with two key wins.  SSVMS put out grassroots alerts and doctors responded strongly in supporting our efforts in the Legislature.

CMA was able to stop AB 1404 by Assemblyman Santiago from advancing. This onerous bill would have required a health care entity to disclose a contracted physician's complete compensation information, including base compensation, deferred compensation, and any bonuses and incentives that are part of their total compensation. The Legislature also passed a CMA-sponsored bill, AB 744 by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry, to increase patient access through telehealth by requiring payment for telehealth services. The bill will require health insurers to cover services provided via telehealth in the same way they would pay for an in-person meeting. Most significantly, the Governor signed legislation to prevent fraudulent school-exemption vaccines - SB 276 by SSVMS' own Senator Dr. Richard Pan.

Thank you for practicing medicine in the Sacramento region!

Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
2020 Committee and Community Service Opportunities!
SSVMS is asking members interested in volunteering for a community service opportunity, serving on a 2020 SSVMS Committee, or continuing in 2020 as a member of a committee to take a brief survey. Please complete the survey by Saturday, November 16, 2019. Take Survey

Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices for Primary Care Providers
Sponsored by: American Cancer Society
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register Here

Learn about Higher Education Opportunities
Sponsored by: SAFE Credit Union
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Folsom, CA, RSVP to Tina Szura at or 530-757-4121

Creating the Extraordinary Patient Experience, Cooperative of American Physicians CME Dinner Presentation
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30pm, Lucca Restaurant, Midtown Sacramento, Register Here

Oral Health in the Medical Home, Medical-Dental Learning Collaborative
Every Smile Counts! (ESC!), Children Now 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register Here
Women and Wealth: A Practical Guide to Financial Security at any Age

Join Crumley & Associates and Ameriprise Financial for their 10th Annual Women's Event. Enjoy a champagne reception and guided tours of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History, followed by a lunch buffet catered by Randy Peters Catering.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:00am - 1:30pm
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Second Floor Conference Room
5380 Elvas Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95819

Presented by Marquette Peyton, Associate Retirement Director, Defined Contribution and Wealth Advisor Services Team, Janus Henderson Investors.

In The News
CMA Webinars - No Cost for Members
2020 Medicare changes to audits and reimbursements
Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:15pm - 1:15pm, Register

Grant application cycle for the 2019/20 graduate medical education (GME) grant program is NOW OPEN! Applications are due no later than October 28, 2019. 

Get help with the application process:

CalMedForce GME Application Tutorial

CalMedForce GME 
application tutorial video

CalMedForce 2019/20 Application Webinars

Contact PHC at 916-551-2899 or

Priority will be given to programs in medically underserved areas and programs who serve medically underserved populations. All residency programs that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible to receive funding, at the time of application a training program must meet the following criteria: 
  • Located in California
  • Allopathic or Osteopathic
  • Primary care (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics) or emergency medicine
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) on Postdoctoral Training
  • Serving medically underserved populations and areas
Exciting Members Only Benefit!
Members, don't forget to redeem your one-year subscription to the meditation app, Headspace, valued at $99.
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To get your code, call 916-452-2671 or reply to this email.
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Joy of Medicine

Poetry and Creative Writing Group

Share your poetry and short stories with fellow physician-writers! Provide literary support and feedback in a safe, positive environment. Group members will be asked to submit a poem or short story to There are no submission restrictions and group members are encouraged to share writings from any genre.

Physician Peer Groups - HOST NEEDED!

Peer Groups in Carmichael/Fair Oaks and Elk Grove are in need of a physician host! Help bring collegiality back to the medical community by opening your home to a group of local physicians. Peer groups are facilitated by a vetted SSVMS Resiliency Provider and meet for an hour once a month. Contact Lindsay Coate at if you are interested in participating.
Joy of Medicine On-Call

Guest host Dr. Peter Yellowlees sits down with 
Dr. Irina Korman to talk about her journey through medicine and saying "Yes!" to new opportunities. 

Listen to this and other episodes here!
Call for Awards

The SSVMS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 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 29, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at The Elk's Tower Casino and Event Center.

Medical Honor Award
Candidate's achievements should significantly contribute to local, statewide, national or international healthcare. Candidate must be a member of SSVMS for at least 5 continuous years.
Golden Stethoscope Award
Candidate demonstrates unselfishness, compassion and empathy to 
his/her practice and patients. Candidate must be 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
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Course: 
The Health and Well-Being of Medical Providers - Online Course
Monday, October 7 - Monday, December 16, 2019
Instructor Dr. Peter Yellowlees, Chief Wellness Officer at UC Davis Health, More Information/Register
Other Events

California Northstate University's Fourth Annual International Healthcare Symposium - CANCELED
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm, Elk Grove, CA

SSVMS Alliance - Napa Valley Wine Trip
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30am, Register/More Information

SSVMS Alliance - Building Resilient Families
Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:30am, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register/More Information

UC Davis Neurology Update 2019 for the Primary Care Providor
Monday, October 21, 2019, Davis, CA, Register/More Information 

MIND Institute Autism Center of Excellence - Tele ECHO Online Sessions
Every Second Thursday of the Month, 12:00pm-1:30pm, More Information

Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps (SMRC) Events
SMRC is a volunteer organization that engages medical professionals and supports volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living. SMRC has several events in October. More Information

Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Annual Dinner
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 5:00pm, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information

UC Davis School of Medicine - Winter Solstice Wine Tasting & Auction
Save the Date
Saturday, January 11, 2020, Davis, CA More Information 
What's Your Favorite 
Medical Myth?
Do you really have to wait an hour after eating before jumping in the pool? The SSVMS Editorial Committee wants your best medical myths or misconceptions. 

Send your submissions to Lindsay Coate at They might be published in a future issue of SSV Medicine!

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Contribute to SSV Medicine Magazine!
SSV Medicine is in search of talented physician photographers, artists, poets and writers for magazine features. If you would like to submit your artwork for review, please email Lindsay Coate at
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