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NYCU June 21, 2022

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Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: This past week the San Diego County Medical Society made history when installing its new leadership at the historic “Abbey on Fifth”. Toluwalase (Lase) Ajayi, MD became our President. She is only the ninth woman, and first African–American woman, in our 152–year history to serve as President.

Dr. Ajayi succeeds Sergio R. Flores, MD who has served SDCMS and our member physicians ably this past year and now assumes the role of Immediate Past President on our Board. Nicholas (dr. Nick) J. Yphantides, MD, MPH is our new President–Elect and Steve SangHyun Koh, MD, MPH, MBA is our new Secretary while Preeti S. Mehta, MD, MBBS is our new SDCMS Treasurer.

Dr. Christian Ramers received the James T. Hay, MD Award at the installation dinner. Dr. Ramers is Chief of Population Health and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UCSD School of Medicine.

President Ajayi delivered remarks where she declared, “And this brings us to the last of Dr. Valencia Walker’s questions, ‘What do I dream of accomplishing together this next year that will build an even brighter legacy for SDCMS?’ As usual, she saved the toughest for last. As I accept the tremendous honor of being the 152nd President, the 9th woman to be President, and the 1st Black woman to assume this position, this question has weighed on me and sometimes triggered my imposter syndrome. My mind seemed to be at once all over the place and blank, or at least it was until I sat down and worked through those first two questions, and then it all made sense.”

“SDCMS and its foundation, Champions for Health, are already amazing organizations with people who came before me working to bring us all to this point. So now my job is to bring me to the table, and I am enough. I bring to this position countless lived experiences of the impact of structural racism and bias in caring for patients. I bring the knowledge that so many of you here have shared with me about the way that our healthcare system makes it hard to maintain joy in the practice of medicine. I bring the innovative solutions that I have learned though my clinical research on how to lift up the voices that often go unheard and left behind, but which are needed to help us grow and improve. Most of all, I will bring my passion and my relentless tenacity as I work with SDCMS and collaborate with all of you as we continue to make healthcare better for all of us,” Dr. Ajayi concluded.

We are excited for Dr. Ajayi’s leadership and perspective during her presidency for this next year!

Physician Social — Join us for a networking opportunity and mixer at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station on Thursday, July 28th from 5:30pm–8:30pm. Come mingle, socialize and network with your fellow San Diego County physicians. SDCMS members and non–members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Complimentary light appetizers and hosted wine and craft beer will be provided.

CLICK HERE to register. Please note — this event is open EXCLUSIVELY to physicians and their guests and space is limited so rsvps are required. Contact Jen Ohmstede at JOhmstede@SDCMS.org with any questions about this event.

We are pleased to announced that the KidsVaxGrant program application deadline has been extended to July 15, 2022, at 11:59pm (PT)! Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), invites VFC providers to apply as soon as possible, as the FDA has recently approved the COVID–19 Vaccine Booster dose for Children ages 5–11 years.

The KidsVaxGrant program offers two separate grant opportunities based on eligibility criteria. Please see the PHC website at PHCDocs.org/Programs/KidsVaxGrant for more information about the grant opportunities, including the grant guidelines and FAQs. If you have any questions, please reach out by email to kidsvaxgrant@phcdocs.org or by telephone at (916) 551–2565.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO

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JUN 24, 2022: 9am–4pm, Webinar ‘Annual CMA CME Conference: Leveling Up’ for accredited CME providers only. Provides valuable strategies and insight to improving your CME program, as well as provides an opportunity to connect with ACCME, CMA CME staff, and other CMA–accredited providers. Registration is $150. Sponsored by CMA  CLICK HERE
JUL 12, 2022: 12–1pm, Free Webinar ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID–19 Clinical Udpates’. Sponsored by California Medical Association and CA Health & Human Services Agency in partnership with Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California and California Academy for PAs. 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit Available. Free to Members and Non–Members.  CLICK HERE
JUL 28, 2022: 5:30–8:30pm, SDCMS Physician Social, Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106. Please note this event is open exclusively to physicians and their guests and space is limited so rsvps are required. SDCMS members and non–members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Complimentary light appetizers and hosted wine and craft beer will be provided.  CLICK HERE
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