Once again, the safety and security of our homes and well-being has been threatened by fires. The medical community was put through the paces while evacuating practices, hospitals and homes simultaneously. All the while, physicians and staff were setting up and staffing evacuation centers for almost 200,000 residents in four cities. If anyone has ever doubted the strength and tenacity of physicians and our medical community, rest assured, you have been thoroughly tested and passed with flying colors!

The Kincade fire consumed 77,758 acres, destroying a total of 374 structures, including 174 homes. Approximately 5,245 firefighters from across the U.S. battled the blaze. We wholeheartedly thank our first responders, community leaders and local and state agencies whose actions kept our communities safe. The rumors have already begun that the "California fire season will likely last through December with no rain in sight." Oy Vey!!

We are happy to organize a Rain Dance if there is any interest!? As always, please remember that SCMA is here to serve you. Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to assist you this holiday season.

Yours in service,

Wendy Young, Executive Director and the entire Team from the Sonoma County Medical Association and Mendocino/Lake County Medical Society
(707) 525-4375 | exec@scma.org
Input needed for survey regarding youth substance abuse
Survey closes Nov. 15

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Team is beginning a strategic planning process that will guide its prevention efforts in Sonoma County for the next five years.

The Team needs your help identifying what you see as the most pressing substance use issues facing our youth today by responding to a community survey. This survey was designed primarily for professionals working with youth, but input is welcome from community members and parents. It only takes 12-15 minutes to complete the survey. Don’t delay;  the survey closes Nov. 15 ! Thank you in advance for your feedback. 

Please  distribute the survey  to others! Any questions can be directed to Donna Newman-Fields or Carla Denner .
 
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More than 500 California physicians convened in Anaheim Oct. 25-27 for CMA’s annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. SCMA was represented by Executive Director Wendy Young and Drs. Brad Drexler, Catherine Gutfreund, Richard Powers, Rajesh Ranadive, and Peter Sybert. Additional details and photos to follow in the fall/winter issue of Sonoma Medicine magazine.

Seeking aspiring authors/writers
who would like to see their work PUBLISHED!

Articles/writers sought for the next issue of 
Sonoma Medicine

Sonoma Medicine  is the journal for the Northern California medical community, written by the local physician members (and non-members), local and regional experts and retired physicians. While there is generally a theme to each issue (for example, the fall/winter issue coming out soon will be focused on the environment), we also strive to tap into the talent and interests of local physicians by featuring your writings.

For the spring/summer 2020 issue of Sonoma Medicine (theme not yet selected), we are seeking:

• Suggestions for topics/articles.
• Volunteers to write articles on the selected theme for the issue.
• Volunteers to read and write book reviews (open to suggestions on books you wish to review) as they pertain to the topic of the issue. 
• SCMA and/or MLCMS physician featured articles sharing the hobbies and/or activities that you engage in to break up the stress of practicing medicine. (We have had some spectacular contributions of local physicians' winemaking, painting, woodworking, stone carving and some amazing photography.) What is your hobby? Care to share it? 
• “Mystery cases!” Tap into the latent “Sherlock Holmes” in all of us and share your mystery and how it was resolved.

Give it a thought. Give it a try. We can help you through the process. 
— Allan L Bernstein, MD
Chairperson of the Editorial Board,  Sonoma Medicine

Email your suggestions by Wednesday, Dec. 18 to Sonoma Medicine editor,
Tim Burkhard at tpburk@aol.com .

Want to join the Editorial Board? Our next Editorial Board Meeting is: December 3, 2019
Please email your interest to tpburk@aol.com and we will keep you posted!

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Fridays in November | 12:00 Buffet Lunch; Presentation 12:30 -1:45 p.m.
Grand Rounds at Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa
All physicians are welcome. Medical staff receive 1.25 CME units.

November 8 : Bariatric Patients | Scott V. Perryman, MD


November 22 : S chwartz Rounds | Andrew S. Wagner, MD, Moderator (see schedule for details)
Tuesday, November 12 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Physician Burnout - Richard B. Addison, Ph.D.
Presented by St. Joseph Health / Santa Rosa Memorial
Location: The Finley Center, Santa Rosa
The Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program ( HICAP ) is a non-profit organization that provides free and unbiased information to help Medicare beneficiaries understand Medicare coverage; identify cost-effective prescription drug plans; and compare supplemental insurance and Medicare Advantage plans. HICAP does not endorse or sell insurance.

Contact HICAP at 800-434-0222 or hicapinfo@sasnb.org to arrange for a personalized
1-on-1 appointment or an educational seminar for your group. HICAP is the only agency authorized by the California Department of Aging for Medicare counseling. www.sasnb.org/HICAP .
For sale: Internal medicine practice in Northern California Wine Country
Concierge Medical Practice with annual revenue averaging $600,000, seeing 8–10 patients per day.

Seller’s net income is near the 90-percentile for IM. Long established in the area, moved to newly renovated 1,440 sq. ft. location in 2015; great proximity to hospital. EMR in place. Photos and third-party appraisal available. Offered at only $497,000.

Contact Medical Practices USA for more information:


Please send your job posting to exec@scma.org to have the 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 News Briefs Bulletin Board? Free for SCMA and MLCMS members; $1 per word for nonmembers. Contact Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 or susan@scma.org .
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