Monday Rx: Sustaining the Next Normal, Town Hall Series, Women in Medicine, MICRA Summit

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COVID-19 Complacency: Medical Experts Weigh In

A team of fifty-three epidemiologists, pharmacologists, virologists, immunologists and policy experts published a 136-page report on the heels of the new COVID-19 preparedness plan released by the White House. Their plan shares similarities with that from the Biden administration but also differences, such as broadening the nation's response to include all major respiratory viruses. To get the full story, click here.

So, what will be the new normal for medical providers? Patients?  Communities? Less than a week after the White House released its updated COVID-19 preparedness plan, a group of more public health experts issued a white paper with their own ideas for moving the nation into what they call the "next" normal.

While there's quite a bit of overlap between the two plans, the 136-page document by the COVID Roadmap Group outlines additional details and strategies for living with COVID-19 in the future. 


International Women’s Day Recognition

March 8 marks International Women’s Day! On behalf of all of our members, join us as we celebrate the incredible contributions women in medicine make each and every day, from the immediate past president, Dr. Diana Shiba, to our current executive committee leaders, Dr. Heather Silverman and Dr. Stacey Ludwig, to current board members, Aileen Arevalo, Dr. Stephanie Booth, Dr. Resa Caivano, Dr. Nancy Ellerbroek, Dr. Lisa Firestone, Dr. Sharon Jakus Waldman, Dr. Cecilia Leggett, Dr. Karen Sibert, Dr. Valencia Walker, Dr. Anna Yap and Dr. Roxana Yoonessi. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of your patients and communities. Click here, to learn more about International Women's Day.

LACMA Town Hall on Expanding Coverage Continues April 11th

Join us for a deep dive into the healthcare changes in California as UC Berkley Professor, Dr. Stephen Shortall, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, talks about “The Future is Now: The Successful Medical Enterprise in Challenging Times”. Key areas to discuss include:

  1. Understanding the challenge and the opportunity.
  2. Listing the essential elements of integrated delivery models; including team-based care.
  3. Describing the role of value-based payment models in incenting continuous improvement in care.
  4. Highlighting the evidence to date.
  5. Defining and incorporating health equity under the capitation, integrated model.

LACMA and CESLAC Hold Webinar on Latina Women in Medicine, Health Equity

LACMA and UCLA’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) will be hosting an expert panel webinar March 31st on the findings of the Latina Women in the U.S. Physician Workforce: Opportunities in the Pursuit of Health Equity article by Dr. Yohualli Anaya, published in print this month in Academic Medicine.

The online seminar will focus on reasons why the Latina physician workforce shortage could present challenges for health equity, and solutions to address the root causes of the underrepresentation of Latinas and other URiMs. Stay tuned for more details!

MICRA Summit

This weekend, LACMA, along with medical societies from across the state will convene to discuss the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 and the battle to defeat the proposed ballot measure which will decimate it. I will provide an update next week but if you would like to get involved, this is an “all hands on deck” moment for organized medicine. Click here for more information.

Dietary Supplement Adulteration; Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of CA Health Care Providers Survey

Dear California Physician,

Approximately 23,005 emergency room visits are associated with dietary supplement use in the U.S. each year, including acute liver and kidney injury, severe hypoglycemia, psychosis, invasive fungal infection, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, and selenium toxicity - yet many consumers consider dietary supplements as safe. Many of these adverse events have occurred among people under the age of 25 years old, including at least 22 deaths.

The California Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch is requesting your help to reduce the number of adverse effects related to dietary supplements in 2022. Please consider taking our anonymous, 5-minute survey to help us combat this important issue. Your participation will contribute to the development of educational materials that may benefit your practice and your patients.

We value your expertise and participation in our survey. We look forward to your contribution to help us ring in a happier and healthier 2022!

Virtual Grand Rounds: Long COVID - What is it and What are the Symptoms?

Join CMA's "Virtual Grand Rounds: Long COVID-19 - What is it and what are the symptoms?" on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from12:00 p.m. PT to 1:00 p.m. PT

As we continue to wrestle with the ongoing day-to-day of the pandemic, a large outstanding question is: what are the long-term effects of contracting COVID-19? In this next edition of Virtual Grand Rounds, we welcome clinical experts who will discuss post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV2, otherwise known as Long COVID. We also welcome back Erica Pan, M.D., California State Epidemiologist, who will give us updates on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in California including emerging variants and vaccines.

Date: March 8, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00pm 

Register here.

Webinar: Legislative Advocacy Day Training

Learn how to be an effective advocate. 

In preparation for the California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Advocacy Day, CMA's Center for Government Relations will host a special webinar on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This webinar will review CMA's list of legislative issues and bills to be lobbied, effective advocacy tips, and other relevant program information. 

Date: March 29, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00pm 

Register here.

Join Us at the Young Physicians Mixer

Our live in-person event takes place on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 8 pm at Lucky Strike LA Live. LACMA is taking serious measures to ensure the safety and health of all of our guests. We ask that those in attendance provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to the event. Please note that this event is open to members and invited guests only. Each individual (including guests) must register separately.

Date: April 29, 2022

Time: 8:00pm 

Register here.


"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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