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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 - 2022 - Volume 11 - Issue 02

White Coat Week, Booster Requirement Deadline, and the Latest News from SSVMS
Medical Society News
February 2022
The nightmare that is COVID-19 continues and most of us have innocently wondered why we chose the medical profession. It's easy to lose sight of why we pursued healthcare in the midst of a pandemic. Many of us need a bit of a mental reset and to see healthcare through the eyes of our younger selves again.

SSVMS is providing that opportunity.

Future of Medicine was launched last year and is providing job-shadowing opportunities for the optimistic eyes of high school and college students interested in the field of medicine. We're seeking healthcare professionals to host a student or two in your practice or clinic for a few days this spring so that they can envision a career in healthcare.

Students will observe from 8:30am-12:30pm for four days during their Spring Break (Session I is March 14-17; Session II is April 11-14). We invite you to help us open young minds to a career in the healthcare. They just might help you feel young again too.

Learn more about this opportunity by clicking here. Know students interested in applying? Share these application links for White Coat Week and the Summer Session!

Thank you for your dedication to the field of medicine!

Paul D. Reynolds, MD - SSVMS President
SSVMS Member Survey
Participants receive $10 Amazon gift card

Last week, SSVMS members received an e-mail asking for your input on the programs and services offered through SSVMS. Your feedback will inform and shape the direction of these programs and services for the years to come.

Complete the survey by Monday, February 14 to receive your $10 Amazon gift card.

Didn't receive the e-mail? Contact
COVID-19 Booster Deadline for Healthcare Workers
Delayed to March 1

The State Public Health Officer released an order for all healthcare workers to get their COVID-19 booster shot. Recently, that order's deadline was delayed to March 1. For more information:

UC Davis Health's 2022 Clinician Health and Wellbeing Fellowship

The TNT CHWB Fellowship is a seven-month long clinical education program for trainees and providers who wish to receive advanced training in clinician health and wellbeing. A new cohort begins April 25, 2022.

SSVMS Events
Speaker: Thomas Snyder, MD
Urological Surgeon and Naval Officer (Retired)
SSVMS Honors Medicine Awards Night will be in-person! To ensure a safe event, all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Join us for Dinner, Wine, and a Night of Magic in Medicine as We Honor Physicians Who Make a Difference in Our Community

Featuring Magician Kevin Blake as seen on
America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Golden Stethoscope Award
JaNahn C. Scalapino, MD

Medical Community Service Award
SSVMS Alliance
Medical Honor Award
Gary S. Chu, MD

Special Recognition Award
Henry Go, MD
CMA Events
Wed, Feb 9 | 12:15pm-1:30pm
Tue, Mar 29 | 7:00pm-8:00pm
Other Events
Brought to you by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance
Thu, Mar 3 | 9:30am-10:30am
Wed, Mar 23
SSVMS/CMA members receive a 20% discount with the use of promo code CMA20
Brought to you by The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP)
Asynchronous Recording
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
Honoring Wishes Quick Tips for Advance Care Planning
From Howard Homler, MD - Honoring Wishes Advisory Committee Member
The topic can be difficult to bring up, but is important to discuss during wellness visits. Additionally, it should be revisited when the patient's condition changes or even if they mention having an ill acquaintance.

Social Media Corner
February is a time of love. What is it that brings you peace? What brings you joy? What do you love doing? As Valentine's Day approaches, SSVMS encourages our members to share what fills your hearts with that overwhelming feeling of appreciation and joy.

Tell us via e-mail ( or by tagging us on social media!

In the News
Protect Yourself and Your Practice From Common Pitfalls That Can Put You at Risk of a Lawsuit
In Physicians at Risk: An Essential Guide for Minimizing Liability in Business and Medicine, published this month by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), you will find strategies for addressing the inherent risks of running a medical practice and learn about the steps you can take to ensure a productive and safe operation. From the dangers lurking within your physical space, to the ignored warnings coming from an upset patient, to the hidden threats of mishandling an adverse outcome, it may be time to review and update policies and procedures that can protect you, your patients, and your practice.
In this guide, you will find a comprehensive collection of articles and resources addressing the following:
  • Business Risks in the Medical Practice
  • Keeping Your Patients Happy
  • Avoiding Claims Resulting from Gaps in Communication and Documentation
  • Managing Risks Associated with Adverse Outcomes
As a leading provider of superior medical malpractice coverage in California for more than 40 years, CAP remains committed to providing physicians with secure and affordable protection and relevant practice and risk management resources to help you run a safe and successful practice.
To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please contact Al Malasig at 650-543-2185 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.

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine
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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