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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 - 2020 - Volume 9 - Issue 12

Medical Society News
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December 2020
Dear Physicians,
As coronavirus cases and hospitalization numbers surge across the Sacramento region, the State of California, and the nation, we encourage you to make note of SSVMS’s COVID-19 Resource Center. In addition to up-to-date information on COVID cases and hospitalizations by county, you will find resources to navigate the impact of the pandemic on the professional and personal lives of our physician members. 
*Note: Hospitalizations/ICU capacity fluctuates daily. Click here for most up-to-date information by county.
Please accept my personal invitation to join SSVMS for a CMA webinar “Virtual Grand Rounds: The National COVID–19 Surge and Hope for 2021,” which will be a conversation with state leaders and members of President–elect Joe Biden's Coronavirus Task Force. Click here to register for Tuesday, December 8th from 12:00—1:30pm. Eligible for CME Credits..

Your Medical Society is here to support you and your practice, whatever the need. Short on PPE? Members renewing 2021 membership dues by December 15, 2020 are eligible to receive a complimentary box of PPE valued at $5,000. Renew online today or contact Dana Brooks, Director of Physician Engagement and she’ll take care of your renewal and make arrangements for you to receive your PPE.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.
Aileen Wetzel
Executive Director
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Joy of Medicine Corner
By John Chuck, MD –SSVMS Joy of Medicine Advisory Committee Chair
"Gratitude is an opener of locked up blessings."
- Marianne Williamson
When I was about ten years old, my father, a minister who frequently called on sick people in the hospital, advised me that I should be grateful every morning I could wake up and pee. You can imagine how this comment made little sense to me as a fifth grader. It wasn't until ten years later while studying anatomy and physiology that I began to understand what my father meant - namely that we should never take for granted the miraculous ways that the human body works because soon enough our highly evolved functions of swallowing, pooping, peeing, speaking, and thinking will begin to falter, sometimes in the split second it takes to have a car accident, heart attack, or stroke. What are the measurable benefits of replacing our typical morning growls with gratitude? Bob Emmons, a UC Davis professor of psychiatry and expert on gratitude, performed groundbreaking research on gratitude thinking in patients afflicted with neuromuscular diseases. He instructed a subset of these patients to engage in daily gratitude journaling. Specifically, he asked them to start out each day by writing down three new things they were grateful for. He found that the patients who did gratitude journaling twenty-one days in a row or more had better health outcomes and mood scores than those patients in the control group. The positive effect of starting out each day with an attitude of "Wow is me!" as opposed to "Woe is me" was so impressive that Bob was awarded a $5.6 million grant from the Templeton Foundation to further investigate the science of gratitude. To bring this gratitude message home with a bang, I invite you to enjoy this gratitude video by Louie Schwartzberg and Brother David Steindl-Rast.
Advocate Now
Many physicians now face substantial Medicare cuts beginning on January 1, 2021, if Congress does not act before the end of the year. SSVMS and CMA urge physicians to contact their Member of Congress.
Upcoming SSVMS Events & CMA Webinars
Bridging the Gap in Children’s Health in a Post COVID-19 California
December 10, 2020 from 12-1pm 
Every Smile Counts invites medical and dental providers to join us for a presentation and facilitated discussions on Bridging the Gap in Children’s Health in a Post COVID-19 California. It is critically important for providers to work together to connect children to care. Live webinar available for 1 CME Credit.
December 8, 2020 | 12:00-1:30pm
December 9, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm
December 9, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am
December 10, 2020 | 12:15-1:15pm
January 7, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
January 14, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
CME Opportunity!
Missed any of the live sessions?
Select presentations are available on-demand and are CME accredited.
You can find presentation videos and instructions for obtaining CME HERE.
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