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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 - 2021 - Volume 10 - Issue 11

Medical Society News
November 2021
Is this the most wonderful time of the year? We just celebrated Halloween and are gearing up for Thanksgiving (and Giving Tuesday - don't forget about SSVMS that day). Kids are chowing down on candy and, in a few weeks, we're going to be chowing down on turkey and potatoes and stuffing. We'll be surrounded by family and traditions that so many missed out on last year.
And we can do it this year thanks to the vaccines.
The vaccine hasn't ended the pandemic but it is the most critical step so far in defeating this virus. And SSVMS has put together resources to help highlight the importance of the vaccine. We're asking you to share those resources on your own platforms because the more people who get vaccinated, the more likely it is that this pandemic will become a thing of the past.
SSVMS has created public service announcements in English and Spanish based on our community letter (also available in English and Spanish). SSVMS is also producing a series of podcasts sharing the experiences of physicians from the front lines. The first of those podcasts is available here.
I am asking you to share these posts on your personal platforms to ensure the message gets spread far and wide.
Podcast Posts - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram
Thank you for continuing to support our community through these difficult circumstances. Our field's resilience is what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Carol Burch, MD - SSVMS President
CalGrantVax Application Deadline Extended
New Deadline: Fri, Dec 17
As California continues its efforts to vaccinate all eligible residents against COVID-19, the state is offering providers up to $55,000 to support vaccination efforts. The application cycle has been extended to December 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (PT) to allow CalVaxGrant applicants more time to begin and/or complete the myCAvax process. Funds are still first-come, first-served.
Private Practices:
Aid in the Future of Medicine as a Job-Shadow Host
After the success of our inaugural program, SSVMS is hosting the Future of Medicine again in Summer 2022!
Please considering offering a student a chance to experience a career in healthcare first hand! We need professionals in healthcare to host students in a job shadowing position in their place of work. Admitted students will observe only, and adhere to strict rules of confidentiality. 
Students will job-shadow over a two-day period from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Summer Session I
Mon, Jul 7, 2022
Fri, Jul 11, 2022
Summer Session II
Wed, Aug 3, 2022
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Report Vaccine Adverse Event with HHS Reporting System
Healthcare providers are required to report adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS. Learn more about the system and requirements at the HHS VAERS FAQ page.
SSVMS Events
As the opioid crisis continues, many physicians find themselves asking, "What's the most appropriate way to manage my patients' care?"
This epidemic has opened a lot of eyes and made many rethink their methods. This presentation will provide a solid foundation for the skills needed to manage this oft-maligned patient population.
Save The Date
SSVMS Honors Medicine Awards Night
Sat, Feb 26, 2022
SSVMS Honors Medicine Awards Night will be in-person! To ensure a safe event, all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
CMA Events
Tue, Nov 16 - Tue, Dec 14 | 7:00pm-8:00pm
Tue, Dec 7 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Other Events
Brought to you by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP)
Wed, Nov 10 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Brought to you by NORCAL Group
Thu, Nov 11 | 4:00pm-5:00pm
Brought to you by Ameriprise - Crumley & Associates
Fri, Nov 19 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Sutter Health Virtual Grand Rounds
Wed, Nov 17 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wed, Dec 1 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wed, Dec 15 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP): The Ins and Outs of Managing Patient Complaints
Asynchronous recording
Membership Corner
Andrew Hudnut, MD with students at the Future of Medicine summer program.
I'm a member because...
Share with us why you're an SSVMS member! Maybe it's because of SPIRIT, Joy of Medicine, the Museum of Medical History, the camaraderie of your fellow physicians, the practice assistance, or even just using Sammy the Skeleton for demonstrations.
Whatever your reason is, please share it with Brandon J. Craig at
Happy Anniversary!
As 2021 is drawing to a close, let's take a moment to recognize some of our long-term members. These individuals have been with SSVMS for twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, and even seventy years. If you recognize some of your colleagues here, make sure to congratulate them!
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
Make A Plan with Honoring Wishes
SSVMS invites all physicians and office staff to communicate your end-of-life-care wishes by completing an advance directive.
Honoring Wishes provides the Five Wishes advance directive to members at no cost. Don't make your family guess as to what you want or force them to make uncomfortable decisions. Completing this form will save a lifetime of pain for your friends and family by making it clear exactly what you want to happen.
Contact Marlee Turner at to get your advance directive today!
COVID-19 Vaccine Community Letter
Over 700 local physicians have signed the plea for the community to be vaccinated. Read the letter here! (Spanish version available here.) Read what the Sacramento Bee had to say about it here.
Haven't signed yet? Message Brandon J. Craig at to sign today!
COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and FAQ Cards
SSVMS's "Got My Vaccine!" buttons promote vaccination and our digital FAQ cards include facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our FAQ cards are available at in English, Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The buttons have a barcode on the back that gives immediate access to the FAQ cards. Button supply is limited and available only to SSVMS members.
SSVMS members, to order your free buttons, email Brandon J. Craig at
Social Media Corner
What is it that brings you peace? What is it that brings you joy? What do you love doing?
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, SSVMS wants to know what you're thankful for. Tell us via e-mail ( or by tagging us on social media!
In the News
Guide to Running an Independent Medical Practice
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) created One Step Ahead: An Essential Guide for Running a Successful Independent Medical Practice to help you stay ahead of issues:
▪ Human Resources Compliance in the Age of COVID-19
▪ The Patient Experience and Your Bottom Line
▪ Managing the Billing Office
▪ Consent and Privacy in a Virtual World
▪ Standards for Proper Documentation
Save Up To 20% on Essential Medical Supplies with CAP’s Free Group Purchasing Program
When you enroll in CAP’s free group purchasing program, you can save up to 20% on your practice’s everyday medical, surgical, and office supplies. For a limited time, the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) is allowing all California physicians to join this program previously only available to CAP members. Benefit from the same volume pricing on practice supplies that the nation’s largest health systems receive and start saving today!
There is no obligation once you sign up and in most cases, you won't even have to change how you order and receive invoices from your current suppliers!
Save on Supplies and Products Like:
•            Flu and Routine Vaccines
•            Clinical Equipment
•            Medical Supplies
•            Office Products and Supplies
•            Pharmaceuticals
•            And more!
Plus, additional benefits like discounts on cell phones, car rentals and more, are available to all members of your practice!
As a leading provider of superior medical malpractice coverage in California for more than 40 years, CAP is pleased to offer this free program to help your practice save time and money.
In addition to the savings you can receive from CAP's group purchasing program, you may also be eligible for significant savings on your medical malpractice protection. To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please contact Enid Gallegos at 916-803-3643 or via email at Request an Instant Quote today to see how much you can save on medical malpractice coverage through CAP. 
SSVMS encourages physicians to schedule a free resiliency consultation with one of our Joy of Medicine psychologists or life coaches. Every physician in the Sacramento region is eligible for up to six sponsored sessions with a provider of your choice.
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Partners in Medicine
Please consider SSVMS's Partners in Medicine when in need of services. We look forward to continuing our important relationships with each of these Partners.
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