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NYCU May 15, 2024

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Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: The Annual Gala for SDCMS and Champions for Health, presented by UC San Diego Health, is finally here — just two weeks away! It’s being held on June 1st, from 5pm to 9pm, at the beautiful Prado at Balboa Park.


If you haven’t gotten tickets already, we hope you’ll be sure to join us for a terrific evening with amazing food and captivating entertainment as we install SDCMS’ 154th President, honor Volunteer Champions and raise money for uninsured patients in San Diego.

This event will raise money for Project Access San Diego (PASD). Since 2008, PASD has facilitated over $27 million in pro bono specialty care, procedures, and surgeries in collaboration with a network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics across San Diego County. These life–saving services have been provided to more than 9,600 patients who have been able to regain their health, return to work, care for their families, and remain productive members of their community.

We’re happy to share that valet parking will be available and the event will bring together over 300 guests to be a part of this important evening. If you still need to purchase tickets you can do so HERE. We look forward to seeing you at The Prado!

Healthcare practices in East and Central regions of San Diego County may be eligible to participate in a pilot program from the County to decrease the misuse of prescription opioid medications.
Hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, dental offices, and pharmacies can receive no–cost drug disposal pouches to distribute to patients receiving opioid prescriptions.
The pouches deactivate opioids in patch, liquid, tablet, powder, and capsule forms.
The pouches can be safely disposed in the trash; patients do not need to mail–in or drop off the pouches.

You can access their flyer HERE. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact MCS@sdcounty.ca.gov.

California Medical Association (CMA) members are invited to a virtual leadership development session hosted by CMA Past President (and former SDCMS President) Ted Mazer, MD on June 18 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Suggested attendees include members of CMA and component medical society boards, members of councils and committees, delegation chairs and vice–chairs and anyone else who plans to do so in the near future.

Participants in the session ‘Choosing to Lead — (What Now?)’ will discuss different forms of leadership, key skills for leaders within CMA and the importance of mentorship.

The interactive session will also allow CMA members to connect with others to discuss what kinds of skills, knowledge or support they need to be effective and to help ensure that CMA can be a partner on your leadership journey.

The event is free to CMA members. Those interested can register HERE.

As you may recall, this year CMA is sponsoring SB 516, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, to reform the prior authorization system and ensure patients get treatments they urgently need without unnecessary delays. Over the course of this legislative session, be on the lookout for updates and further communications regarding SB 516.

CMA physicians have staunchly advocated for prior authorization reform by sharing personal stories and stories from patients about harmful care delays and denials; speaking to local media about the need for prior authorization reform; and submitting video testimonies about the impact of prior authorization. Patient witnesses also shared harrowing testimony in legislative hearings and through media outlets about the devastating impacts prior authorization delays have had on their lives and their loved ones.

CMA urges physicians to continue to share stories about the harms of prior authorization delays — both from your own experiences and practices, as well as from your patients. Together, we can win this fight and create a better system that prioritizes patients over profits.

Just a reminder that as discussed in the last issue of NYCU, San Diego County Medical Society is committed to offering resources that enhance your overall well–being, and one of those resources is physician coaching with SurgeonMasters.

Professional coaching is widely embraced across various industries and can help foster career satisfaction, professional development, and personal growth. Specifically tailored for physicians, coaching provides a confidential, innovative partnership to create success throughout your life and career.

Physicians seek coaching to maintain peak performance, professional advancements, and a fluid work–life rhythm. They also work with coaches to manage challenges (both expected and unexpected) such as career or job transitions, new regulations or clinical practices, burnout, moral injuries, and personal/professional adversity. Drawing on proven executive coaching techniques, physician coaches specialize in facilitating conversations and reflection that address all career challenges and empower positive change and the pursuit of your goals.

While physicians often seek a coach with knowledge of the shared challenges and experiences of medical training and the healthcare system, this information is only used to facilitate more efficient coaching sessions with rapid understanding and rapport. Coaches are trained to consider the client’s values, beliefs, and what might work or not work for the client and their specific situation. Using best practices in coaching, the coach works with an individual or a group to help them identify and achieve specific goals, improve performance, or develop knowledge and skills beyond their current level. Coaching relationships can have a formal agreement.

To learn more, schedule a complimentary 25–minute intro coaching call with a SurgeonMasters Physician Coach.

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

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JUN 11, 2024: 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and CDPH, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in CaliforniaA New Landscape’. California launched an unprecedented new initiative in January ’24 to combat the pediatric behavioral health crisis. Two new virtual tools are now available for free to any CA resident ages 25 and younger: BrightLife Kids (for parents/caregivers and young children up to age 12) and Soluna (for teens and young people ages 13 to 25). In this session we will hear from CA Dept. of Public Health representatives about how these tools can play a vital role in improving the youth mental health crisis in California. CME available  CLICK HERE
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