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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 04 - April

Volume 8, Issue 4
April, 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,

SSVMS is excited to announce the CalHealthCares physician loan repayment program, which is administered through Physicians for a Healthy California (formerly the California Medical Association's Foundation). Also known as the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program, CalHealthCares will award $220 million in loan repayments to recently graduated physicians and dentists over the next five years to encourage and incentivize providers to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
CalHealthCares will award approximately 125 physicians a loan repayment of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. To be considered for an award, the applicant must be a current licensed physician, resident and/or fellow.  The application period starts Monday, April 1, 2019 and the deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019. Awardees will be notified June 30, 2019. Visit for more information regarding eligibility, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), applicant instructions, or to register for one of several upcoming webinars. Ready to apply? Click here.

Aileen E. Wetzel
Chief Executive Officer
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
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

SSVMS, One Community Health & Boston University "Scope of Pain" Breakfast Presentation
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm, Sacramento, CA, Register Here
SSVMS & SAFE Credit Union "Mindfulness and Money" Dinner Presentation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Folsom, CA, Register Here
CMA Legislative Advocacy Day *Keynote Speaker Gov. Gavin Newsom
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Sacramento, CA. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol throughout the day to meet with legislators on health care issues. Register/More Information
Ameriprise Financial Wellness Webinar- Market Volatility & Outlook
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:00pm-12:30pm and 6:30pm-7:00pm, RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance "Procrastination: What are you waiting for?" Family & Medicine Group Session
Friday, May 3, 2019, 12:00pm-1:30pm, SSVMS, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
Saving Private Practice: Key Strategies for Practice Success Dinner Presentation
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:30pm-8:00pm, SSVMS, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
UC Davis Fundamentals of Healthcare Quality Improvement Workshop, CME Credits Available
Wednesday, May 15, 2019-Thursday, May 16, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
Serotonin Surge Charities Race for the Clinics 5K/10K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
SSVMS & Fresno Madera Medical Society CME Rome to Venice Cruise!
July 6-13, 2019, Departs from Rome, Italy. Register/More Information
3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit
Saturday, September 28, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Save the Date!
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Calling on Guest Participation for Lightning Grand Rounds at the Joy of Medicine Summit!
Physicians and Medical Students will have the opportunity to share what Joy in Medicine and Physician Well-Being means to them at the Annual Joy of Medicine Summit.
A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference by a multitude of speakers. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience, convey key information, and allow for several presenters to share their ideas in a brief period of time. 
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Other Events

UC Davis Health Physician Health and Well-being Conference
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm, Oakland, CA, Register/More Information

16th Annual UC Davis Nephrology and Transplantation Conference
Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm, Sacramento, CA Register/More Information

NorthBay Center for Neuroscience Symposium 
Friday, May 3, 2019, 12:00pm-6:00pm, Fairfield, CA, 
31st Annual Western States Regional Conference on Physicians' Well-Being
Wednesday, May 22 2019, 8:00am-4:00pm, Riverside, CA Register/More Information
Joy of Medicine Corner

Joy of Medicine-on Call Podcast Listen Now!
Tune in to the latest episode with SSVMS' Board President, Dr. Chris Serdahl. Dr. Serdahl takes us back to the beginning of his career, shares his passions and of course, discusses the importance of laughter. Listen on your favorite podcast app or online at:

Featured Joy of Medicine Provider

Kathy James, ThD, Life Coach

(916) 549-9363


Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento region.


Kathy's decision to work with the Joy of Medicine program is driven by her passion to support a community of compassionate, caring individuals who would benefit from a few hours of self-reflecting in a safe non-judgmental space. Kathy coaches her clients in their self-discovery and awareness of what is possible.

To schedule an appointment with Kathy, contact her directly and identify yourself as a physician in the Sacramento Region who participates in the Joy of Medicine Program. For more information about Resiliency Consultations visit:
Vetted Vendor
CAP is a unique medical malpractice liability cooperative whose core product-the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT)-provides medical professional liability protection to over 12,000 of California's finest physicians. In addition to better malpractice protection and benefits, CAP offers practice resources and risk management tools to help you thrive during this transformational time in healthcare. Learn more about CAP here.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
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