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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 08

Medical Society News
August 2021
Every few years, the Olympics reminds us healthy competition can help your mind refocus, and reenergize. That is why this September, SSVMS is hosting the Physician Walking and Wellness Challenge. From September 1 – September 30, compete against your peers individually or as a part of a team for the walking champion crown! 
Download the MoveSpring app to your smartphone to get started. You can link the app to other smart devices as well to automatically capture your steps, or you can enter them manually. Not interested in walking but love competition? Other activities, including but not limited to cycling, rowing, and jumping rope, can be converted into steps in the MoveSpring app.
Finally, no discussion about wellness is complete without mentioning our virtual Joy of Medicine Summit on September 25. Connect with fellow colleagues, learn from a lineup of excellent speakers (3 CMEs pending) and receive a $25 gift card for attending all three sessions! Register today!
Carol Burch, MD - SSVMS President
CalMedForce Graduate Medical Education Grant (GME)
Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now accepting applications for the fourth cycle of the graduate medical education (GME) grant program, CalMedForce.
CalMedForce dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage. Each year, the program awards approximately $38 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs across California. All eligible residency programs are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to programs in medically underserved communities. 
Applications are due by September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Click here for more information and to apply for funding.
SSVMS Events
September - November
Peer Groups are a great way to connect with your fellow physicians. Small groups of physicians meet monthly at a physician’s home to discuss the challenges and successes of being a physician. Join our new 4-Part Virtual Wellness Series (open to no more than 20 physicians). Hosted by Dr. Jerry Huang and facilitated by Steve Seay.
 Join the physician Walking and Wellness Challenge. Join a team of colleagues or workout solo and reach the leaderboard. Let’s get moving!
Wed, Sept 1
Join guest speakers, Dr. Christopher Swales and Dr. Kim Mcilnay, for a look at the health care experience in the LGBTQ+ community.   
Live Event: Paint and Sip
Wed, Sept 15
Join the fun at the SSVMS Physician Paint & Sip Party. Space is limited so register today!
Sat, Sept 25
Connect with colleagues, receive 3 CMEs (pending) and earn a $25 gift card by attending our virtual 2021 Joy of Medicine Summit. See the full list of speakers here.
CMA Events
Tue, Aug 17| 7:00pm-8:00pm
Tue, Sept 14 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Other Events
Wed, Aug 25| 10:00am-2:00pm
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
Make A Plan with Honoring Wishes
SSVMS invites all physicians and office staff to communicate your end of life care wishes by completing an advance directive.
Through our Honoring Wishes program, we will
  • Provide you with your advance directive documents at no cost.
  • Offer the Honoring Wishes Addendum, an exercise to help your loved ones understand you and your perspective on these decisions.
  • Provide you with a $5 Starbucks gift card (for 50-minute, in-person appointments).
  • Enter you in a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.
That’s as much as a $65 value simply for giving your loved ones some peace of mind if tragedy strikes.
Contact Brandon J. Craig to bring Honoring Wishes to your practice!
COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and FAQ Cards
SSVMS's "Got My Vaccine!" buttons promote vaccination and our digital FAQ cards include facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our FAQ cards are available at in English, Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The buttons have a barcode on the back that gives immediate access to the FAQ cards. Button supply is limited and available only to SSVMS members.
SSVMS members, to order your free buttons, email Brandon J. Craig at
Social Media Corner
Send Us Your Dog Selfies!
August is National Dog Month! How are you and your pets spending this summer? Send your photos to SSVMS at We'll feature them on our pages!
#JoyofDogs #JoyofMedicine
Dr. Richard A. Bermudes, Chief Medical Officer at Mindful Health Solutions, with his pandemic puppy.
In the News
Guide to Running an Independent Medical Practice
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) created One Step Ahead: An Essential Guide for Running a Successful Independent Medical Practice to help you stay ahead of issues:
▪ Human Resources Compliance in the Age of COVID-19
▪ The Patient Experience and Your Bottom Line
▪ Managing the Billing Office
▪ Consent and Privacy in a Virtual World
▪ Standards for Proper Documentation
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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.
Dr. Chiraag Patel shares with us his story from entering medicine, choosing to become an allergist, and opening a practice during the COVID pandemic.
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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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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.
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