Monday Rx: President’s Corner, Latest Podcast Episode, Practice Makeover Grant, and Legislative Advocacy Day

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As LACMA continues to deliver content regarding California's health system; from CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran to last week’s insightful town hall featuring Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of the California Healthcare Foundation, I wanted to share today’s piece by Dr. Fred Pelzman, stressing the importance of investment to create real change.

Fixing the Healthcare System, One Health Indicator at a Time read the full article here.

For those that missed the town halls, please click here to watch.

Message From LACMA President Dr. Jeffery Lee

I'd like to thank Dr. Sandra Hernandez for being the featured guest in our Expanding Healthcare Coverage Town Hall series last week. Dr. Hernandez emphasized the importance of working from areas of agreement - the need to expand coverage, improving affordability, reducing administrative burden, treating patients with dignity and making our healthcare system more equitable. Credit also goes to Dr. Hector Flores and President-Elect Dr. Omer Deen for their skillful navigation of a difficult topic. As we strive to care for all Californians, it is important not to compromise what is currently working. LACMA is dedicated to being engaged in thoughtful, reasonable discussion on behalf of our physician members to ensure they can continue to provide high quality care for their patients.

Excited to share that CMA’s Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) will be hosting a webinar on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals as well as practical, actionable suggestions for how to improve communication with this population in health care.

Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Update

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) released the latest data on COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths are likely to reflect reporting delays over the weekend.

  • 2,457 New COVID-19 cases (2,764,073 cases to date)
  • 26 New deaths due to COVID-19 (29,928 deaths to date)
  • 2,054 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (130,365 hospitalized to date)
  • More than 11,288,200 individuals tested; 22% of people tested positive to date

Clear As Mud Podcast EP 7: Expanding Coverage in California 

In this podcast episode, we hear the latest on universal coverage, recent and future legislative solutions, and CMA’s recommendations. We are joined by our three guests Dr. Omer Deen - President-Elect, LACMA, Dr. Hector Flores - Board Member, LACMA, and Dustin Corcoran - CEO, California Medical Association.

Click here to find the Clear as Mud podcast on your favorite platform, or just search Clear as Mud. Please subscribe, rate and comment! 

Practice Makeover – Now Accepting Applications for Quarter 2

We recently announced the winners for quarter 1 and are now accepting applications for quarter 2. If you haven’t already, please check out the Practice Makeover Initiative and apply for a grant + practice assessment today. 

The deadline is March 16, 2022. Click here to apply.

Register for Legislative Advocacy Day

Plan to join your physician, medical student and resident colleagues in educating legislative leaders about the top issues affecting the practice of medicine! The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting this member-only event at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to discuss health care with their state Senators and Assembymembers. These meetings are scheduled and coordinated by the county medical societies.

Register here.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Rams for Winning the Super Bowl! 

GME Webinar Part 2: The Fundamentals of ACGME Accreditation

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is dedicated to improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity. PHC's GME Startup Solutions seeks to grow and diversify the physician workforce by providing technical resources, and sponsoring events and programs that help California communities grow medical residency and graduate medical education (GME) programs in underserved areas and in the most needed specialties. 

Therefore, PHC's GME Startup Solutions and ECG Management Consultants have launched a free, two-part webinar series to empower GME champions to meet California's critical access to care needs. 

Physician workforce development leaders and healthcare executives considering future entrance into GME development can expect to learn how to evaluate the strategic, operational and cultural implications of becoming a teaching hospital. 

As hospitals begin developing GME programs, understanding the complexities of ACGME accreditation can be a daunting task. Part 2 of this webinar series provides an overview of ACGME accreditation and breaks down the basics of institutional and program accreditation, application components, and associated timelines. This session will also discuss common challenges and barriers to achieving accreditation and meeting ACGME requirements. 

Part 2: The Fundamentals of ACGME Accreditation

  • February 15, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT
  • After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to: 
  • Articulate differences between institutional sponsorship and program accreditation
  • Explain key components of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation requirements and applications
  • Understand program development and accreditation timelines
  • Common challenges and barriers to meeting ACGME requirements


Date: February 15, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00pm 

Register here.


"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you."

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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