So many activities, so little time! Yes, the SCMA team is at it again. We know that you can't possibly do all of the activities that we create, so pick one or two and get engaged with your colleagues and those that support the work that you do. We know we can't be everything to everyone, but actually, that is kind of our job. We attempt to identify or create events/activities that fit within your personal and professional lifestyle and calendar. We rarely (I don't want to say "never") want to create something that takes you one more moment away from your significant other and/or families. You will see that many of our activities encourage you to invite a guest or bring the family. Take a look at the 'Heads-Up' events and join us for some quality time together. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours in service , Wendy Young, Executive Director | 707-525-4141
And the entire SCMA Team of delightful people!
Lunch & Learn Seminar
Wednesday, September 11 | Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Partnership Health Plan, Santa Rosa

Getting Paid: A Physician's Guide to Taking Charge of Accounts Receivable. Click here for details.
RSVP to Rachel, 707-525-4375 or

This presentation outlines the makeup of and challenges associated with the effective management of accounts receivable (A/R) in the physician practice. Presented by one of CMA’s experienced practice management experts, Mark Lane, the presentation will cover the areas that significantly impact A/R and suggestions on how to address those challenges.
Hike and Wine Tasting
Sunday, September 15 | 8:30 a.m.

Meet at Notre Vue Estate Vineyards & Winery in Windsor for a Sunday morning hike to Vista Summit trail and through the nature reserve (bring water and a snack). Afterwards, relax with some delicious complimentary snacks and a wine tasting. More information here ;
RSVP by September 13 to Rachel, 707-525-4375 or .
Forest Bathing at Sugarloaf
Sunday, September 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Have you heard about Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing? Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. The experience is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. 

Join M. Amos Clifford , founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, for a guided Forest Bathing walk specifically designed for medical professionals. Register at . Optional post-walk conversation and refreshments from 12:30–1:30 p.m. For more details about the therapeutic benefits of this restorative practice, go to .
Pumpkin Patch Family Day
Date & Time: TBD [early October] Watch your email for details soon.

Grab the kids and Join SCMA to enjoy beverages, light dinner and a search for the perfect pumpkin to take home for fall decoration. RSVP by Sept. 13 to Rachel, 707-525-4375 or .

Special thanks to Edward Jones | Russell Van Sistine, Financial Advisor
for co-hosting and underwriting this event for our members!
Physician [Small Group]
Mind-Body Skills Training
Wednesday, October 9 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
SCMA Office:
2312 Bethards Drive #6, Santa Rosa

First of an eight-week series! Physician’s Burnout Prevention: Mind-Body Skills Group , “Resilience as a Practice.” Learn a variety of stress management techniques in a small group environment. Free to all, but registration is required and limited to no more than 10 physicians. More information here .
MLCMS October Social | Leadership Event
Meet, Greet, Sip & Eat
MLCMS Social | Leadership Recruitment Informational
Meet, Greet, Sip & Eat
Thursday, October 10 | 6–8 p.m.
Location: Ukiah
[TBD based on RSVP Interest]

Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society is seeking new leadership representation as we move into a space of growth and engagement in the Mendocino/Lake County medical communities. Please consider sitting on the Board of Directors (Maximum of 4 meetings per year.)

If you would rather use your voice and leadership talents to help direct the future of the medical profession as a whole, please consider joining the MLCMS "House of Delegates." HOD has two in-person meetings per year and two 'go-to' Meetings per year.

Please join me for an evening of networking and exploring the opportunities of getting engaged as a leader for the MLCMS.

Leadership and Change Begins with YOU!
RSVP to Wendy, 707-525-4375 |
SCMA Physicians Investment Group
Monday, October 28 | 6-8:00 p.m.
Location: Ca'Bianca - 835 2nd St., Santa Rosa

Psychology of investing: How to Cure S&P Envy.
Guest speaker : Jennifer Foster, VP, BlackRock (Chicago, IL)

Mark your calendar for this investment group dinner presentation. All physicians who are interested in joining the [sorta] monthly investment group are welcome to join us anytime.

BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion of managed assets.

RSVP by October 25 to Rachel, 707-525-4375 or .
PHC Grant Information
PHC announces second application cycle for CalMedForce GME grants

SCMA and MLCMS would like to congratulate the five physicians from Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties who were the recipients of loan forgiveness awards from the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program earlier this year. These physicians collectively received over $1.2 million in school loan repayment for their dedication to serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Click here for more information about the January 2020 application cycle. 
Applications for the second cycle of the graduate medical education (GME) grant program, CalMedForce, are to be released September 23, 2019. Applications are due no later than October 28, 2019. Early submission is encouraged. Click here for more information .
Health Alert:
Pulmonary Injury
(Posted August 29, 2019)

• Since June, 36 cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury requiring hospitalization have been reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Most patients report vaping the cannabis compounds THC and/or CBD, and some patients also report vaping nicotine products, although the exact cause of illness is not yet known.
Clinicians who identify cases similar to those described in this health alert are asked to report the cases to their local health department.
• Report suspect cases to Sonoma County Public Health Disease Control: 707-565-4566 within one business day and arrange pick up of available vaping products for testing.
Friday, September 13 | 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

Enjoy lunch and a live auction at the 2019 Celebration of Dreams to help support free and low-cost access to the Center for Well-Being programs and services. SCMA is a sponsor for the annual fundraiser, which also honors local leaders in health and wellness. Call CWB at 707-575-6043 for more details or click here to purchase tickets.

Be our guest: SCMA has several complimentary tickets available if you would like to attend. Please call Rachel at 707-525-4375 to see if we still have seats at our table.
Wednesdays, September 13 thru November 27 | 12 Noon
Grand Rounds at Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa

Continuing Education Programming   |   Complete fall schedule and program details .
All physicians are welcome and may obtain 1.2 CME units if on the medical staff. 
Thursday, September 19 | 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. Program is open to the public. WAC members are free; others $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 :

Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates:

County of Sonoma:

Please send your job posting to to have your job listing appear both in News Briefs and on the North Bay Medical County Medical Societies' website. Accepting physician and medical office staffing listings.
Have an item to submit for the SCMA News Briefs Bulletin Board? Free for SCMA Members; $1 per word for nonmembers. Contact Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 or .
Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods
Navneet Attri, MD , Internal Medicine

The Permanente Medical Group
Mary Ashby-Ahern, MD , Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jeffrey Baumgardner, MD , Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
Michael Caton, MD , Psychiatry
Emmanuel De Jesus, MD , Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Peter Hawkins, MD , Radiation Oncology
Ngan Lai, MD , Internal Medicine
Tara McLeer, MD , Family Medicine
Suellen Stevens, MD , Psychiatry
Allen Wong, MD , Family Medicine
Grace Wu, MD , Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Sonoma Medicine magazine's current issue is available online here or at the SCMA office.
SCMA's current Physician Directory is
also available at the SCMA office.

Call Rachel at 707-525-4375 or visit our office at 2312 Bethards Drive #6, Santa Rosa.