Member Benefits

Member Benefits

By joining the San Diego County Medical Society, you’re joining a network of more than 40,000 physicians state–wide unified in support of the medical profession. Members have access to a myriad of resources and services to promote the well–being of our physician members and improve the delivery of quality healthcare to your patients.

Member Benefits Include

  1. 24/7 Member Support
    The SDCMS is here for you when you need us.
  2. Local and Legislative Advocacy
    Through the larger network of the California Medical Association (CMA), SDCMS represents the interests of organized medicine to policy–makers in San Diego County and at the state legislature.
  3. Updates to the latest news affecting the delivery of care
    Stay informed through SDCMS’ San Diego Physician magazine, our email newsletters, and alerts.
  4. Access to Preferred Partners
    SDCMS partners with businesses partners that assist in driving our mission and give our members the tools they need to succeed.
  5. Legal Services
    Access to legal support staff and more than 5,000 pages of information in CMA’s On–Call Online Health Library.
  1. Billing Assistance
    Receive expert help with physician reimbursement and medical billing issues.
  2. Practice Resources
    Access resources to maintain an efficient medical practice.
  3. Education Resources
    Attend in–person seminars, or view on–demand webinars for CME credit.
  4. Leadership Opportunities
    SDCMS encourages the professional growth of our members by offering opportunities to serve on the Board of Directors, committees, SDCMS’s delegation to the CMA House of Delegates, and other leadership positions.
  5. Networking and Educational Events
    Make connections with local peers at SDCMS hosted educational and social events throughout the year.


Membership FAQs

Membership in SDCMS is open to Physicians who live and/or work within San Diego County, who possess an un–revoked and unsuspended U.S. doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) certificate, or a recognized international equivalent; resident physicians who are attending an accredited residency or fellowship in San Diego County; and medical student physicians–in–training enrolled in an accredited medical school in San Diego County.

  • Regular Active (Practicing Physician): Physicians possess an un–revoked and unsuspended U.S. doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) certificate, or a recognized international equivalent and reside and/or work in San Diego County.
  • Government Employed Physician: San Diego County–employed physicians
  • Part–time Active Physician: Physicians ages 65 or older who practice under 20 hours per week
  • Retired Physician: Regular Active Physician Members of any age who are fully retired from the practice of medicine (Regular Active membership must be held for 1 full year prior to be eligible for this status)
  • Resident Physician: Resident, intern or fellow physician enrolled in accredited medical training, intern or fellowship programs in San Diego County
  • Student Physician: Medical Student physician–in–training enrolled in accredited medical schools in San Diego County

Membership in CMA is mandatory to be a member of SDCMS. We believe the key to our organization’s strength is its excellent collaborative relationships with CMA and other county chapters. Furthermore, the dual membership helps support state and local activities as well as providing you with additional member benefits.

SDCMS accepts payment by check or electronic funds transfer (eCheck), and with a major credit card such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. You can remit a lump–sum payment, or set up a monthly or annual installment plan with a credit card or checking account. To sign up for an installment plan, contact SDCMS Membership at (858) 565–8888 or

SDCMS and CMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. To find out the percentage of your current year's dues that cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes (typically around 15%), please refer to your invoice or contact SDCMS Membership at (858) 565–8888 or Please consult with your CPA or Tax Consultant for additional questions.