It might be summer, but SCMA and MLCMS are nonetheless busy creating member value! Please read below and make sure to RSVP to all the events you are able to attend so we can plan accordingly.

If we don't see you this summer, have a great vacation and check in with us when you return!
Healthcare Conference Friday, July 26
Focus: Physician Wellness
Join us Friday morning, July 26
[$25 discount for SCMA members]
Register here , use code 2019HCSCMA

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SCMA has seats available for Members! 
Contact Wendy at to reserve your FREE seat at our table!

Dr. Tait Shanafelt, Stanford Medicine

Dr. Christopher Crossland, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. James DeVore, St. Joseph Health
Dr. Gary McLeod, Sutter Medical Group

Stanford physician fights for physician wellness

For the last two decades, Dr. Tait Shanafelt has been the national thought leader on prevention of physician burnout. In 2017 he was appointed Chief Wellness Officer at Stanford Medicine, the first academic institution in the country to establish such a role. READ MORE+
“Why doctors suffer burnout” to be explored at NBBJ Conference

Adding their expertise on the issue at the conference will be a wellness panel including Christopher Crossland, MD, director of Joy and Meaning in Medicine site director, UCSF Family and Community Medicine and Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa; and others . . .   READ MORE+
Thursday, July 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Risk Management CME Webinar
"Caring for the Challenging Patient: Managing Disruptive Behaviors"
Hosted by NORCAL GROUP | 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Tuesday, July 16 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
"MyCare, MyPlan: Speak Up, Sonoma County"
. . . A community workshop on advance care planning. This is the first workshop offered in the early evening to make this important resource more accessible to community members.

Thursday, July 18 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Women in Medicine | "Having It All"
Guest Speaker: Debra Phairas
Exchange Bank, 545 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
RSVP: Rachel 707-525-4375 or
Wednesday, July 24 | Noon - 1:30 p.m.
"Collecting Within The Law"
Guest Speaker: Robert Tavelli
Location: Partnership HealthPlan
RSVP: Rachel 707-525-4375 or
Wednesday, July 24 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opening of Homebound's new headquarters!
Join us at : 2544 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa to m eet the Homebound team, tour their new design space, enjoy snacks and beverages and lots of surprises. Register for event
Wednesday, July 31 | 5:45 - 7:30 p.m.
SCMA Physician's Investment Club Monthly Meeting
Building Wealth Through Investing in Bonds
Guest Speaker: Jeff James, Wealth Advisor
Location: Merrill Lynch: 90 South E Street, Suite 100, Santa Rosa
RSVP: Rachel 707-525-4375 or
Wednesday, August 7 | 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Retired Physicians Social
Location: Santa Rosa Moose Lodge—3559 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa
Join us for an afternoon of catching up with friends, eating and drinking while we support the efforts of the Santa Rosa Moose Lodge. 
Shuffleboard, pool tables, games, jukebox, full bar and burgers!  
RSVP: Rachel 707-525-4375 or
Thursday, August 8 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
SCMA Summer Social | RSVP: Rachel 707-525-4375 or
Young & Yonder Spirits | 449 Allen Court, Healdsburg, CA
Join us for an evening of catching up with colleagues, making new friends in the healthcare community, while supporting small business in Sonoma County. Play yard games, see the full artesian craft distillery processing from grain to shelf led by husband and wife team Joshua and Sarah
Friday, August 16
8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Santa Rosa
3:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Ukiah
SCMA Hosted Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
in both Santa Rosa and Ukiah

If you have 5 or more employees, you must provide at least 1 hour of sexual harassment training to ALL of your employees and 2 hours to managers by January 1, 2020. Join us for training provided by SCMA and MLCMS, facilitated by David Berry, Attorney at Law. Download event flier
Friday, August 23 | 5:00 p.m.
Groundbreaking, New West County Health Center
Location: 16385 First Street in Guerneville

West County Health Centers is happy to announce the date for a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration for the new Russian River Health & Wellness Center in Guerneville.
Thursday, September 16 | 7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village

T.R. Reid, acclaimed American healthcare reporter and author, will discuss International Healthcare Systems for the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County.
WAC members are free; guests $10.
Wednesday, September 25 | 5:30 p.m., Siyan Clinic

Role of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Treatment of Psychiatric disorders. | RSVP: (707) 206-7268 x13
Jobs posted on the Physician Recruitment Job Board:

County of Sonoma:

Please send your job posting to to have your job listing appear both here in News Briefs and on the North Bay Medical County Medical Societies website. Accepting physician and medical office staffing listings.
To submit an item for the Bulletin Board or place a classified ad (free for SCMA Members; $1 per word for non-members), contact Susan Gumucio at (707) 525-0102 or
California vaccine bill clears Assembly panel despite resistance

Following a five-hour hearing in which hundreds of parents spoke in opposition to tightening California’s school immunization requirements, the Assembly Health Committee easily passed a contentious bill on June 20th to do just that.
PHC announces second application cycle for grants

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is excited to announce  CalMedForce  grant program’s second application cycle, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California. Please visit for more information, including eligibility criteria. 
Request for Extension of Additional Living Expense Benefits Sample Letter for 2017 Fire Survivors.

Do you need additional ALE benefits while you rebuild or replace your home? See more information and sample letter provided by United Policy Holders.

Save the date: SCMA Fire Recovery Forum Dinner:
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Recognized for Success:
Women in Medicine
On June 19, the North Bay Business Journal’ s annual Awards Gala for Women in Business honored 18 women for their outstanding contributions to the community, including three from the field of healthcare. Congratulations to you all and thank you for representing our medical community with style and grace.
Patricia Hiserote, MD is program director of the Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency in Santa Rosa.
Lisa Ward, MD is the chief medical officer of Santa Rosa Community Health.  
Wendy Young is the Executive Director for both Sonoma County Medical Association and Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society.
Sonoma Medicine magazine's current issue is available online here or in our office.
SCMA's current Physician Directory is available at the SCMA office.
Call 707-525-4375 or visit our office at
2312 Bethards Drive #6 in Santa Rosa.