TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2022 PHYSICIANS: The Medical Board of California Expert Reviewer Program is reaching out for assistance in recruiting qualified Board expert reviewers. The Board established its Expert Reviewer Program in July 1994 as an impartial and professional means to support its investigation and enforcement functions. Experts assist the Board by providing reviews and opinions on Board cases and conducting physical and mental evaluations. Physicians residing in California, who have full–time active practices in California and meet the minimum requirements, are encouraged to apply to be an expert for the Board. For more information please visit their website HERE or contact them via email at MBCMedicalExpertProgram@mbc.ca.gov . Scripps Research Translational Institute ( SRTI ) offers a Student Research Internship Program for highly motivated high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Interns will work with and learn from a multi–disciplinary team of scientists, who include internationally–renowned investigators in the area of genomics, bioinformatics, digital medicine, and community engagement. The primary aim of the internship program is to train and prepare students interested in health sciences, statistics, and computational/computer science to become future leaders in the realm of translational medical research. The program is hoping to boost applications from under–represented and marginalized backgrounds so that they have the most diverse pool of applicants to draw from. Applications are due March 25 th and you can learn more at Scripps.edu . Please share with your friends and any students you think would be interested. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lase Ajayi at email@example.com . Please join us for Champions for Health’s 3 rd Annual Soirée . Champions for Health is SDCMS’ non–profit organization committed to serving the medical needs of poor and underserved communities in San Diego County. This years’ Soirée ‘ To Wellness and Beyond ’ will take place on Saturday , March 19 at 5:00 PM at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Your support is greatly needed so please CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets. ‘COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Symposium on Post COVID Recovery and Care’ is a collaborative symposium presented by SDCMS and UC San Diego Health on February 26 th from 9 AM — 1 PM . CME Credit is pending. This symposium brings you up to date information from leading respected experts to support your identification of Long COVID and to understand how to manage this complex condition. Participate in this symposium to prepare yourself to enhance your diagnosis and treatment of Long COVID patients. CLICK HERE to register. The County of San Diego, San Diego County Medical Society, and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties are hosting a Clinical Town Hall about the COVID–19 pandemic. These virtual sessions are designed by physicians, for physicians to share timely information and discuss issues specific to medical professionals. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Thursday , February 10 th , 6 — 7:30 PM JOIN MEETING: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838235368 WEBINAR ID: 818 3823 5368 AUDIO ONLY: (669) 900–6833 OR (346) 248–7799 * audio only participants will not have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar Finally, on a lighter note, Cygnet Theatre in Old Town is offering Free Healthcare Heroes Tickets as a way to express their appreciation for our efforts over the past year and a half. Tickets must be reserved with the Box Office at (619) 337–1525 or BoxOffice@CygnetTheatre.com . A valid photo ID and healthcare/hospital business card or badge must be presented. Excludes Matinees. Seating is based on availability. The play is described as a “brash and revelatory reworking of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya .” As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … COVID–19 Surges as Booster Efforts Slow Down in San Diego County CLICK HERE Why Omicron is Crushing Hospitals — Even Though Cases Are Often Milder Than Delta CLICK HERE Hospitals’ Double Whammy: More Patients, Fewer Workers CLICK HERE ‘Stealth’ Variant No Cause for Alarm, but Could Slow Case Decline CLICK HERE As COVID Shots for Kids Stall, Appeals are Aimed at Wary Parents CLICK HERE The New Clues About Who Will Develop Long COVID CLICK HERE FDA Gives Full Approval to Moderna’s COVID–19 Shot CLICK HERE How Worried Should We Be About the New BA.2 Omicron Subtype? Here’s What We Know CLICK HERE When Parents are Vaccinated Against COVID–19, Protection Extends to Their Kids CLICK HERE Yes, Omicron is Loosening Its Hold. But the Pandemic Has Not Ended CLICK HERE Poll: 62 Percent Who Tried to Find At–Home COVID–19 Test Had Difficulty CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … FEB 8-10, 2022 : Free Webinars, in support of the well–being of all healthcare professionals, Medical staff and colleagues, are invited to join the upcoming @Mindfulorg Healing Healthcare Summit. Top experts in organizational and trauma–informed mindfulness, along with the world’s leading healthcare executives, neuroscientists, and tens of thousands of frontline healthcare professionals, will share stories, celebrate what’s working, and envision a path forward. CLICK HERE FEB 9, 2022 : 12:15–1:30pm, FREE Webinar ‘Managing Medicare in 2022’. This webinar covers Medicare updates for the coming year along with the following topics: overview of evaluation and management (E/M) changes and documentation tips, targeted probe and educate resumes, local coverage decisions and collaborate ICDs, responding to audits and appeals, questions and answers about off–label use, and new information–blocking rules and patients’ rights — what doctors should know. Sponsored by the California Medical Association CLICK HERE FEB 12, 2022 : 8am–12:30pm, Annual (and 2 nd virtual) SDAFP All Member Meeting ‘Medical Mysteries: A Family Physician’s Guide to Vague Symptomatology’ CLICK HERE FEB 26, 2022 : 9am–1pm, Free Webinar ‘COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Symposium on Post COVID Recovery and Care’, a collaborative symposium with UC San Diego Health and San Diego County Medical Society. Long COVID is an emerging public health concern, with substantial impact on society ranging from increased health care costs to economic and productivity losses. This symposium brings you up to date information from leading respected experts to support your identification of Long COVID and to understand how to manage this complex condition. Attend this symposium to prepare yourself to enhance your diagnosis and treatment of Long COVID patients. CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Record ACA Enrollment Puts Pressure on Congress LISTEN HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: What is Value–Based Care and What Does it Mean for My Practice? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Discussion on COVID–19 Vaccine Mandate and Workplace Issues WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient from Your Practice WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Physician Wellness WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape WATCH HERE SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!