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CMA President's Message: An Awesome Responsibility

Leading the California Medical Association (CMA) is an awesome responsibility – one that includes representing physicians in the battles medicine faces in California and nationally; promoting policies that protect our patients, our practices and our ability to care for our communities; and preventing regulations that contribute to the ever-increasing problem of burnout among physicians that is resulting in early retirement or career change, frustrations and even suicide. I believe all physicians are responsible to protect the profession of medicine in the present and for the future. And no one can ...

President's Message June 2017

JUNE 2017 “A Year of Awesome!” Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,  It’s absolutely astounding to believe that the past year has flown by so quickly. It has been such an honor and a privilege to serve as President of SBCMS for 2016-17, and I’m very proud of the accomplishments we’ve made during the past year:   Completed a new Strategic Plan to guide SBCMS for the next three years; Maintained our position as the 7th largest component medical society ...

President's Message May 2017

MAY 2017 Political Advocacy…Your Practice and Future Depend on It Do you wish to continue to practice medicine and preserve quality patient care? If so, then I urge you to keep reading…. One of the most vital functions that we, as a local medical society, carry out for our SBCMS membership of 3,000 is that of political advocacy. This continual, behind the scenes communication to and with our elected officials and government representatives goes to the very “heart” of our pledge and responsibility to society to save lives and ensure that the ...

President's Message from Michael A. Sequeira, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

April 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues,   One of my top priorities when I became President of SBCMS in 2016 was to move forward with development of an updated Strategic Plan. I'm excited to let you know that our medical society has completed this process, and we're delighted to unveil the final result! Our planning process took 15 months from start to finish, with the expert guidance of facilitator Ronald Stewart, Ph.D. and a committee of 22 physicians. With generous support to underwrite the process from IEHP, we held a series of meetings ...

President's Message January 2017

January, 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues, Happy New Year! We are excited to start off 2017 with the announcement of our Preferred Business Partners program! This collaboration between the medical society and a specially selected group of the region’s most respected and prolific businesses is a strong addition to the myriad of benefits our society offers you as a valued member. As new business partners come on board with SBCMS, after each undergoes a thorough review process, we will be establishing ways for them to communicate their professional services to you and to ...

President's Message December 2016

December, 2016 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL A.  SEQUEIRA, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. Dear Friends and Colleagues, The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a spirit of camaraderie and mutual focus on activities, observances and celebrations that unite us. One of the best ways to pay homage to the evolution of medicine, healthcare and healers is to take a tour of the Southern California Medical Museum. Through the collaboration and generosity of Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS), the Museum now occupies the ground floor of the University’s Nursing Science Center in historic ...

President's Message: Meet Mitzi Young, Physician Advocate

November, 2016 Dear Friends and Colleagues, One of the greatest responsibilities we have as a medical society is to partner with you in providing resources for you to successfully manage your practice and consistently deliver the best possible patient care. That’s why I am excited to announce the addition of our very own physician advocate: Welcome Mitzi Young! Mitzi brings the CMA’s Center for Economic Services directly into your office setting to serve as your personal consultant on a wide variety of compliance, contracting, insurance, claims and training issues. She will ...

President's Message from Michael Sequeira, M.D. - October 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Every few years, the opportunity comes along to make a powerful and positive change in the lives, work and futures of California physicians and families. Proposition 56 is one of those transformational measures, and it will appear on this November’s ballot. Most of us recall – vividly – the battle in 2014 over Proposition 46, passage of which would have overturned the MICRA protections. Not only would this have quadrupled the cap on non-economic damages in malpractice suits, but also it would have resulted in physicians having ...