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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 02

Medical Society News
The deadline to renew 2021 dues was January 1. Don’t let your membership lapse – renew today! Renewing members and new members joining in January are eligible for a box of PPE worth nearly $5,000. Contact to reserve your PPE today. Renew SSVMS/CMA membership here. Not a member? Join now.
February 2021

Hesitancy in our community and among health care workers to get the COVID vaccine threatens to slow down progress to reach herd immunity. Physicians play a key role in encouraging the public to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Physicians can use our SSVMS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ cards that have carefully crafted talking points on the COVID vaccine to spark discussion with patients about vaccine safety, science, and efficacy.
We have also created buttons for physicians to wear, which will promote vaccination and #CrushingCOVID-19. The public may trust the vaccine if their own physician has received it. Order your SSVMS members-only buttons and FAQ cards here. Share them, wear them, and send SSVMS your selfies to for our media platforms.
Carol Kimball, MD
President of SSVMS

COVID-19 Updates
The following resources provide up-to-date information on COVID-19. 
Have a question or can’t find what you’re looking for? SSVMS/CMA members can contact Dana Brooks at

SSVMS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Share Your COVID-19 Vaccine Photos 
SSVMS partnered with UC Davis Health to vaccinate community physicians and office staff.
Photos of physicians receiving their COVID-19 vaccines are an important psychological boost in the fight against this deadly disease. Email to share your photos with SSVMS. Post those photos with these hashtags!
#ThisIsOurShot! #CrushingCovid
Dr. Masoud Ghalambor
#OuchyThanksFauci #ThisIsOurShot
SSVMS Events
Join the medical community for a virtual evening of camaraderie, custom cocktails and a live show by world-renowned performance artist, Garibaldi. This year, we are dedicating SSVMS Honors Medicine to our local public health officers for their tireless (and often thankless) work navigating the pandemic.
Joy of Medicine Virtual Physician Lounge Meetups
Virtual Physician Lounge Meetups occur every fourth Tuesday of the month. Physicians are welcome to register for one or more sessions. These small group discussions are facilitated and will focus on a themed topic while providing a place to connect with colleagues. Group size is very limited.
March 23, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
April 27, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
May 25, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
June 22, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
CMA Webinars
February 9, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm
1.5 CME Credit Available
February 4, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
February 18, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
February 24, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
February 25, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
March, 25 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
In the News
A study, conducted by SSVMS member Dr. Peter Yellowlees and SSVMS staff Aileen Wetzel and Lindsay Coate, found a strong correlation between ACES and physician burnout in the Sacramento Region.
Start the Year with a Joy of Medicine Checkup
As 2021 begins, and we start to see a dim light at the end of the long tunnel of COVID-19, we encourage you to schedule a 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.
Joy of Medicine On-Call
SSVMS President Carol Kimball, practicing family medicine physician at Dignity Health, talked to Dr. Peter Yellowlees about her journey, becoming a leader in the medical community and her experience with physician burnout. Dr. Kimball shares with us what she learned in her recovery and her passion for designing quality into medical systems and progressing clinical workflows.
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine
We would like to understand how residents of the greater Sacramento community think about COVID-19. Based on your discussions with your patients, please answer the following questions.

  1. What is a common rationale for not wearing masks as recommended by the CDC?
  2. What is a common rationale for declining a COVID-19 vaccine?
Please limit your explanations to no more than 200 words. Your responses may be published in SSV Medicine.
Send your comments to
Thank you,
SSVMS Editorial Committee
Partners in Medicine
Recently, the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society rebranded our annual sponsorship program to be the Partners in Medicine. Although the name has changed, we’re excited to announce the support from these groups has remained steadfast:
Diamond Level
Gold Level
Silver Level
Please consider these groups when in need of services. We look forward to continuing our important relationships with each of these Partners.
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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.
#CrushingCovid | #Joy of Medicine | #SPIRITHeals