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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 03

Medical Society News
March 2021
Watch Garibaldi's live performance here!
SSVMS hosted our first virtual Honors Medicine event in celebration of our local public health officers to thank them for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe. Also, thank you to our generous event sponsors and attendees. You can find photos of the event on SSVMS's Facebook and Instagram pages! I loved catching up with my colleagues, making our custom Immunitini Cocktails, and watching world-renowned artist, David Garibaldi, masterfully create a piece dedicated to our frontline workers called, “Healthcare Hero.” The beautiful canvas painted at the event is up for auction until Saturday, March 6th. Make a tax-deductible bid and support SSVMS community programs!
Carol Kimball, MD
President of SSVMS
Thank you to our public health officers: Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Dr. Robert Oldham, Dr. Aimee Sisson, and Dr. Nancy Williams.
Dr. Leena Mehta and Dr. Anand Mehta celebrating with their Immunitinis and colleagues at SSVMS Honors Medicine.
David Garibaldi's painting honors our frontline workers. Bid on the canvas here.
SSVMS's "Got My Vaccine!" buttons promote vaccination and our FAQ cards spread the facts about
the COVID-19 vaccine. Supply is limited and available only to SSVMS members.
SSVMS members can email to order their free buttons and FAQ cards.
Free PPE from SSVMS, CMA and CalOES 
SSVMS has partnered with CMA and the State of California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to offer PPE at no cost to physician practices and clinics for a small shipping fee. All orders must be made through the new PPE Relief Portal. Register for the portal here and order the specific supplies i.e. face masks, hand sanitizer, N95 respirators, and more for your practice needs. This program will run as long as supply lasts.
SSVMS Events
March 10, 2021 | 12:00pm
April 13, 2021| 12:15pm-1:15pm
April 20, 2021| 6:00pm-7:00pm

April 21, 2021| Make an appointment
Clinical case discussions:
April 22, 2021 | 6:30-7:30pm
Joy of Medicine Virtual Physician Lounge Meetups
Amy Ahlfeld, PsyD will host virtual Physician Lounge Meetups 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.
May 25, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
June 22, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
July 27, 2021| 6:30pm-7:30pm
August 24, 2021  | 6:30pm-7:30pm
CMA Events
April 5 - 9, 2021
Registration is now open for the California Medical Association’s (CMA) 47th Annual Legislative Advocacy Conference the week of April 5-9, 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity throughout the week to meet virtually with legislators on priority health care issues. Virtual meetings with our region’s legislators in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties will be coordinated by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.
CMA is also hosting a special training webinar on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The webinar (separate registration required) will cover CMA's legislative priorities, bills to be lobbied, and effective advocacy tips.
For More Information Contact: Chris Stincelli, SSVMS Associate Director at
March 9, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm
March 20, 2021 | 9:00-10:00am
March 23, 2021 | 7:00-8:00pm
March 25, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
March 30, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm
Part 1 April 14th, 2021 | 1:00 -4:30pm
Part 2 April 16th, 2021 | 8:30 -12:00pm
Online Event
March 20, 2021
The Sutter Institute for Health and Healing invites you to join NYT best-selling authors / researchers including Dale Bredesen MD, Chris Kresser, and Nina Teicholz for the IHH-UCSF Symposium on Nutrition and Integrative Medicine. We will cover the latest research on COVID, immunity, Alzheimer's, nutrition, microbiome, burnout, and more.
Use code UCSF for 10% off:  

Other Events
Free sessions, 2.5 CME Credit available

Session 1 April 12, 2021 | 6:30pm-8:00pm
Session 2 April 26th, 2021 | 6:30pm-8:00pm
March 13th, 2021 | 8:00am-12:00pm
Social Media Corner
SSVMS Joy of Nature
Media Campaign
Enjoy nature and share your selfies
The world has relied heavily on physicians and medical professionals to care for our community throughout the pandemic. Since March is the month of spring and renewal, SSVMS encourages our members to take a step outside and care for themselves. As the weather warms up, enjoy California's nature and send us a selfie to help promote physician wellness.

Email to share your photos with SSVMS.
Rick Jones, MD, Ophthalmologist,
Eye Site Sacramento Medical Group
#JoyofNature #JoyofMedicine
In the News
Joy of Medicine Wellness Checkup
Just as you put on your PPE before administering medical care, you should care for yourself before you care for others. SSVMS encourages 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.
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
Bronze 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.
#JoyofNature | #JoyofMedicine | #SPIRITHeals