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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 08 - August




Volume 8, Issue 8
August, 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.
SSVMS Releases White Paper:
Sacramento Area Physicians Report Higher Levels of Happiness Compared to Physicians in other Parts of the County 
Dear Physicians,

The Sacramento medical community is doing right by physicians and the patients they serve, and we have the data to prove it. According to the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's (SSVMS) recently released whitepaper, Joy of Medicine: Assessing Physician Well-Being in the Sacramento Regionlocal physicians are reporting higher levels of happiness compared to their colleagues in other parts of the country.

SSVMS is passionate about physician well-being and addressing burnout. Our Joy of Medicine program encourages personal resilience, connection with colleagues, and collaboration with leaders to foster a culture of wellness in our local physician community. 

With the goal of identifying strategies that medical groups and health systems can implement to reduce physician burnout, SSVMS deployed a survey to physicians practicing medicine in the Sacramento region. The response rate was not only large, it was insightful. The majority of respondents indicated they would like their medical groups and health systems to take immediate steps to make the Electronic Health Record (EHR) more efficient, user friendly and less burdensome for physicians through the deployment of in-person scribes, voice recognition software and personalized EHR training. Respondents also desired organizational support of physician work-life balance by providing physicians with greater flexibility over their schedules, assistance with administrative tasks, and designated time for self-care and health-related activities. SSVMS' white paper analyzes the survey responses and lays out four concise recommendations to reduce physician burnout in the Sacramento region.

Most notably, the survey revealed that physicians practicing medicine in the Sacramento region reported burnout rates of 35%, which is remarkably lower than the national numbers (greater than 50% burnout). A conclusion can be made that although improvements are needed to make the physician workforce happier and healthier, Sacramento is a great place to practice medicine.

Register Now
3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit!
Saturday, September 28, 2019, Sacramento, CA
Register/More Information

2019 NEPO Summit, Standing Up for Health Care in California
Friday, August 23, 2019- Saturday, August 24, 2019, Pasadena, CA, Register/More Information
Museum of Medical History Presents Shakespeare's Eye
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register/More Information

Ophthalmology Training for Primary Care Physicians - Dinner and CME 
Sponsored by: Sutter Independent Physicians and SSVMS
Open to all physicians
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register Here

Exclusive for Physicians: Invest in Your Child's Future Without Sacrificing Yours, Ameriprise Financial Dinner Workshop
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30pm, Register/More Information

Exclusive for Physicians: Women and Wealth: A Practical Guide to Financial Security at Any Age, Ameriprise Financial Luncheon
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11:30am, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Save the Date!

CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Golden Shore Medical Group Assigns
Assets for Liquidation
Golden Shore Medical Group closed its doors on January 31, 2019 and has transferred its assets for liquidation to the Stapleton Group. Physicians who have unpaid Golden Shore claims should submit a proof of claim and proper supporting documentation to the Stapleton Group no later than August 5, 2019. For More Information Click Here.
In The News
Call for Awards
The SSVMS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Annual Awards, which recognize physicians whose achievements have contributed greatly to the medical community. Anyone may nominate a physician-member. The Awards will be presented on February 29, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at The Elk's Tower Casino and Event Center.
Medical Honor Award
Candidate's achievements have significantly contributed to local, statewide, national or international healthcare. Candidate has been a member of SSVMS for at least 5 continuous years.
Golden Stethoscope Award
Candidate has demonstrated unselfishness, compassion and empathy to 
his/her practice and patients. Candidate has been a member of SSVMS for at least 15 continuous years.
For more information or to nominate a candidate, please click here.
Please send letters of nomination to:
SSVMS c/o Margaret Parsons, MD, Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee
5380 Elvas Ave, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95819
Vetted Vendor
Mela Fratarcangeli
Broker Associate, Intero Real Estate
SSVMS' Vetted Vendors are dedicated to offering special services to SSVMS members on various products and services designed to accommodate the business needs of physicians.
Throughout Mela's 15 years of experience as a Real Estate Broker, she has developed a reputation for having exceptional local knowledge, a high level of service, superior results and utmost integrity. Mela is consistently ranked in the top 5% of all real estate agents in the Sacramento Valley serving the buyers and sellers at all levels in Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, Auburn, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills and Folsom.
Additionally, Mela will make a donation to the Joy of Medicine Program for each home purchased or sold for physician members.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
SSVMS Physician Member Spotlight
Guy Guilfoy, MD, SSVMS SPIRIT Volunteer
Dr. Guilfoy is an orthopedic surgeon involved in numerous community projects in the Folsom area. He has served as Team Physician for Folsom High School Football since 1993. He is a volunteer medical specialist for SSVMS' SPIRIT Program and serves on foreign medical mission trips. His interests include snowboarding, skiing, bicycling, sailing, motorcycles, travel and music. SPIRIT Volunteer Information 
Joy of Medicine Corner
Joy of Medicine-on Call
Dr. John Chuck tells all young aspiring physicians to "just say yes!" Listen now to the newest episode of Joy of Medicine - on Call, featuring TPMG - North Valley's wellness guru, John Chuck, MD and hosted by UCD's Peter Yellowlees, MD.
Tune into the full episode on your favorite podcast app or listen online
Seeking SSVMS Physician Peer Group Hosts in Carmichael and Elk Grove 
Help bring collegiality back to the medical community by opening your home to a group of local physicians. Peer groups are facilitated by a vetted SSVMS Resiliency Provider and meet for an hour once a month. Contact Lindsay Coate at if you are interested in participating.
Other Events
SSVMS Alliance - Art of Medicine Gift Gathering Party
Saturday, September 14, 2019, Sacramento RSVP/More Information
UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief, Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2019- Sunday, September 22, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference -
SSVMS members receive $150 off registration
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Oakland, CA, Register/More Information
Women in Emergency Medicine Retreat- Save the Date
Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00am-12:30pm, Roseville, CA, More Information
California Northstate University's Fourth Annual International Healthcare Symposium
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm, Elk Grove, CA, Register/More Information
SSVMS Alliance - Napa Valley Wine Trip
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30am, Register/More Information
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
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