TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021 PHYSICIANS: We are asking all physicians to contact their Representative in Congress and urge them to cosponsor the California Medical Association bill, HR 1133 , the “ Stopping Doctor Shortages Act .” This bill makes a technical fix to ensure that all California and Texas physicians can participate in the federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program. Due to an error in the implementing regulation, most California and Texas physicians cannot receive loan forgiveness like their colleagues in all other 48 states. It is harming California’s ability to recruit and retain new physicians to meet the growing patient needs for more physicians. More information is HERE . In terms of the San Diego County congressional delegation, Congressman Issa is already a cosponsor. Please be sure to thank him. Congressmembers Sara Jacobs , Mike Levin , Scott Peters and Juan Vargas are yet to sign on so please REACH OUT to their offices and urge them to cosponsor this important legislation. UCSD Moores Cancer Center ’ s HPV Vaccination Call to Action Report has been released and this document condenses the findings from their environmental scan of San Diego County’s HPV vaccination landscape into a clear guide for three key stakeholder groups: clinicians, pharmacists, and school–based health officials. I encourage all physicians to review this informative and helpful report HERE . Dr . Steven Eisenberg , SDCMS Member and distinguished Oncologist, has just released a book called Love is the Strongest Medicine : Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection , Creativity and Compassion . Dr. Eisenberg is a leading advocate for improving patient engagement and the central importance of empathy in treatment. His insights, experiences, and unique approach are worthy of a read even for those of us who are veterans in health care. You can purchase a copy HERE . Finally, May the Fourth Be With You! As always, let me know if you have any questions. Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Report: FDA Set to Authorize Pfizer Vaccine for Those as Young as 12 ? CLICK HERE A Primary Care Physician for Every American, Science Panel Urges ? CLICK HERE Hit by Higher Prices for Gear, Doctors and Dentists Want Insurers to Pay ? CLICK HERE A Psychedelic Drug Passes A Big Test for PTSD Treatment ? CLICK HERE Pandemic Led to 30% Increase in Deaths for Workers in Certain High–Risk Industries, Study Shows ? CLICK HERE ‘It's Shocking.’ How Inaccurate California Death Records Obscure Pandemic's True Story ? CLICK HERE 550,000 Hospitalized from Gun Injuries Between 2000 and 2016, Research Shows ? CLICK HERE ‘COVID Doesn't Discriminate by Age’: Serious Cases on the Rise in Younger Adults ? CLICK HERE Ending Racism in Healthcare Often Begins with Medical Education — and is the Target of a New National Project ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … MAY 11, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘COVID–19 in Pregnancy and Birth’, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in partnership with CA HHSA ? CLICK HERE MAY 19, 2021 : 6–7pm, Webinar ‘Information Blocking: Special Considerations for Pediatrics’, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA & American Academy of Pediatrics, California (CA-AAP) ? CLICK HERE MAY 25, 2021 : 6:30pm, San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) Virtual Presidential Installation ? CLICK HERE JUL 10, 2021 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE ACEs Aware Webinar: Building Trauma–Informed Connections Via TeleHealth During COVID–19 ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Employment and Practice Staffing Issues: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ 100 Days of Health Policy ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!