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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 11

Volume 8, Issue 11
November, 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,
On October 26th and 27th, I had the privilege of attending the annual CMA House of Delegates (HOD) as a delegate representing District XI. This year's HOD featured educational sessions and debates on homelessness, cannabis and augmented intelligence in health care. 
The delegates worked hard to establish policy for the CMA to focus their efforts, and I look forward to seeing how the physician profession and patients will benefit. If you are interested in healthcare policy, please let us know and I hope to see you at the HOD in 2020!
Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Click here for photos from the 2019 HOD.

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

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, More Information/Register
Celebrate the Season! - SSVMS Winter Social
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:00pm, El Macero Country Club, El Macero, CA, More Information/Register
SSVMS Alliance - Holiday Luncheon 
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:00pm, Zinfandel Grille, Sacramento, More Information/Register 
"Gratitude & Money!" with Dr. Robert Emmons, PhD. Sponsored by SAFE Credit Union 
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, More Information/Register
SSVMS Alliance - Art of Medicine Annual Dinner & Auction
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 5:30pm, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, More Information/Register 
Joy of Medicine Summit Presentations Now Available!
Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Joy of Medicine Summit! Check out these informational and educational sessions presented by local physician wellness leaders at
In The News
Sacramento pain specialist Lee T. Snook, Jr., M.D., has been named president-elect of the California Medical Association (CMA). He took office at the close of this year's meeting and will serve on the CMA Executive Committee as president-elect for one year. See full news release here.

Earlier this year, Dr. Snook participated in a PSA campaign organized by the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. This campaign focuses on reducing stigma and starting the conversation between physicians and their patients about pain management resources. Click here to view the PSA campaign videos.

For more information about about the opioid crisis in Sacramento County, visit
Exciting Members Only Benefit!
Members, don't forget to redeem your one-year subscription to the meditation app, Headspace, valued at $99.
Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness.
To get your code, call 916-452-2671 or reply to this email.
Redeem your code:
Not a Member? Join today! 
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. There are no submission restrictions and group members are encouraged to share writings from any genre. 
For more information or to join this group, email
Physician Peer Groups - HOST NEEDED!
Peer Groups in Sacramento 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 the legendary Dr. Faith Fitzgerald to talk about her early years in medicine and the importance of learning not only from your mentors and colleagues, but also from your patients. 
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
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
Other Events
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 throughout the year. More Information
Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Annual Dinner
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 5:00pm, Sacramento, CA, More Information/Register
UC Davis School of Medicine - Winter Solstice Wine Tasting & Auction
Save the Date!
Saturday, January 11, 2020, Davis, CA More Information
LearnSkin - Integrative Dermatology Symposium
Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2020, Sheraton Grand, Sacramento, CA More Information/Register 
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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