TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020 PHYSICIANS: The news that San Diego County and 94% of the State of California are back in the most restrictive tier and COVID–19 cases are surging across the nation means we are entering the most challenging part of the pandemic. The hard work, sacrifice and burden that our health care workers have endured over the past eight months will only intensify over the course of the next couple of months. This is particularly difficult given the overlap during the Holidays. We are grateful for all that you do and the financial, physical and emotional costs you have borne this year. We must, of course, continue to urge mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. It is, after all, personal responsibility and limiting personal activity that will get us through this period. Fortunately, there is now real hope with the news of two vaccines which are over 90% effective that will hopefully be distributed within the next few months. Congratulations to Jay Doucet , MD, FACS, FRCSC and SDCMS member for being named the 2020 SurgeonsVoice Advocate of the Year . Dr. Doucet's commitment to the American College of Surgeons and engaging other surgeons in advocacy, along with his political leadership, have earned him this well–deserved honor. SDCMS-CMA Members receive a 20% discount if they participate in the 2020 Southern California State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference on December 8 th from 8am to 2pm. You can access the Member Discount Number for the conference if you CLICK HERE and learn even more information about the variety of issues explored if you CLICK HERE to access the website. Finally, a reminder that SDCMS wants to recognize San Diego County's most Outstanding Medical Office Manager / Practice Administrator , i.e., someone who goes above and beyond his or her job description, who anticipates problems before they arise, who works efficiently with the practice's time and resources, and who strikes the right balance between exercising control and boosting morale when supervising staff. SDCMS Member physicians can nominate their office managers by explaining in writing (up to 600 words) why their office manager is the BEST in San Diego County. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday , December 31 st , 2020 . The winner will receive a $200 gift card and recognition as San Diego County's Outstanding Medical Office Manager for 2020! Contest results will also be published in the February 2021 issue of San Diego Physician Magazine. Please email your nominations to Hanna.Basler@SDCMS.org . Remember, only submissions from physician members will be considered. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Missing from State Plans to Distribute the Coronavirus Vaccine: Money to Do It ‣ CLICK HERE Doctors are Calling It Quits Under Stress of the Pandemic ‣ CLICK HERE What Doctors Aren't Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care ‣ CLICK HERE Primary Care Practices Feel Financial Pain from the Pandemic ‣ CLICK HERE ‘They've Been Following the Science’: How the COVID–19 Pandemic Has Been Curtailed in Cherokee Nation ‣ CLICK HERE Pfizer Launching Pilot Vaccine Distribution Program in Four States ‣ CLICK HERE Push is On in US to Figure Out South Asians' High Heart Risks ‣ CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … NOV 19, 2020 : 1–2pm, Webinar ‘Telemedicine in Asthma Management: What Clinicians Need to Know’, 1 CME Credit, Sponsored by the American Lung Association and Rockpointe ‣ CLICK HERE DEC 2, 2020 : 10–11am, Webinar ‘Diabetes and COVID–19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know’, 1 CME Credit, Sponsored by PCME and Rockpointe ‣ CLICK HERE DEC 8, 2020 : 8am–2pm, 2020 Southern California State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference, 20% Discount for SDCMS-CMA Members ‣ CLICK HERE DEC 9, 2020 : 4–5pm, Webinar ‘Telemedicine in Asthma Management: What Clinicians Need to Know’, 1 CME Credit, Sponsored by the American Lung Association and Rockpointe ‣ CLICK HERE DEC 15, 2020 : 10–11am, Webinar ‘Telemedicine in Asthma Management: What Clinicians Need to Know’, 1 CME Credit, Sponsored by the American Lung Association and Rockpointe ‣ 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?’ Transition Interrupted ‣ LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!