Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It

July 21, 2023

*Please note: There will be a lapse in email communications while we transition to a new email platform. We will be in touch in the coming weeks.

Next CalMedForce Application Opens August 1

CalMedForce administers annual grants to fund residency positions at GME programs throughout California. Awardees are selected based on their ability to support and expand the physician workforce to meet the demands of California’s diverse and growing patient population, with a focus on medically underserved populations. There is $38 million available to award to medical residency programs in this cycle. This year’s application will be open from August 1 to September 15, 2023. Learn more here

CA Physicians Can Now Apply for PSLF

The U.S. Department of Education’s updated Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program launched on July 1, 2023, and will now allow eligible California physicians to participate in the program, despite our state prohibitions on physician employment by private non-profit hospitals, clinics, foundations and other health care entities. To help physicians navigate the new application form and its new definitions, CMA has updated its guide, “Public Service Loan Forgiveness What California Physicians Need to Know.

Health Equity Leadership Summit in San Jose this September

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHA) is hosting the Health Equity Leadership Summit in San Jose on September 14 and 15. This event provides an opportunity for physicians, executives, advocates, and allies to find community, engage in hands-on trainings and workshops, and hold in-depth conversations about how they are addressing the issue of health equity in California through their care of underserved communities throughout the state. Click here for more information.

988 Suicide Lifeline Adds Spanish Text and Chat Services

One year after the rollout of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its 988 Lifeline partners announced the addition of Spanish text and chat services. Specialized services for LGBTQI+ youth and young adults were also added earlier this month, following a successful pilot test. We encourage you to let your patients know that this life-saving service is available. 

How are You Planning for Retirement?

Join us virtually on Tuesday, August 22 from 6 to 8 pm as we walk through the step-by-step process to assist you in your financial goals whether you are just starting to think about retirement planning or have already started the process. Wells Fargo Advisors will join us to provide guidance and answer your questions. Register here

Touro Free Clinic Recruiting Physician Preceptors

The Touro University Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is looking to recruit physician preceptors to supervise the medical student volunteers. The SRFC provides free, compassionate, quality health services to Vallejo and surrounding communities every Thursday from 4-8 pm at the Norman C. King community center in Vallejo. The clinic operating time is split into two shifts, 4:30-6:30 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm. Preceptors can take one or both shifts and commit to one or multiple shifts in a semester. Please download this flyer for more info and if you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to Dr. Christina Kinnevey at [email protected].

Narcan Trainings & Harm Reduction Program

Drug Safe Solano is hosting a Narcan trainings on July 29 at 1 pm. Please share this opportunity with your networks. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a unit of Narcan. The Drug Safe Solano Harm Reduction Program takes place every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm at the Norman C. King Community Center in Vallejo where community members can get free Narcan and free fentanyl test strips and dispose of needles safely. 


Fix Medicare Now August Recess Campaign Webinar 

Thursday, July 27 | 5 pm 

Hosted by the AMA 


During this webinar, Jason Marino, AMA Director of Congressional Affairs, will provide an update on the current state of Medicare legislation and what lies ahead during the 118th Congress. You will also learn about resources developed by the AMA to help physician advocates influence legislation throughout the Congressional August recess and beyond. Advocacy expert David Lusk of Key Advocacy will join us to discuss advocacy best practices for engaging legislators in-district and via social media. David will walk through how to prepare for in-district legislative meetings, host Members of Congress at site visits, and discuss best practices for interacting and conversing with elected officials online. 


Register here

Opportunities in Public Health Law: Building an Equity Minded Workforce

Wednesday, August 2 | 10:30 am 


In this webinar, CDC’s Public Health Law Program, NLAPH, and ChangeLab Solutions will explore critical connections between public health law, health equity, and public health practice. Presenters will highlight narratives, research efforts, strategies and resources that seek to identify and fill these law and policy gaps in public health practice. 


Register here

Applications of Extended Reality in Health Care 

Thursday, August 17 | 8:00 am

Hosted by the AMA

Join this Future of Health Immersion Program webinar to learn more about the current state of extended reality (XR) in health care and explore real-world use cases of VR and AR technology.

Register now. 

The Path to Financial Security: Planning for a Successful Retirement 

Tuesday, August 22 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm 

NSMS-hosted hybrid event 


Join us as we walk through the step-by-step process to assist you in your financial goals whether you are just starting to think about retirement planning or have already started the process. Wells Fargo Advisors will join us to provide guidance and answer your questions. Attend in person with dinner provided (Oakland) or join us virtually. 


Register here


Please contact NSMS at [email protected] or (707) 255-3622with any questions or concerns you have.