For more than 100 years, the SCMA and MLCMS have been a constant voice for the local medical community. Now merged as the Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake Medical Association or SMLMA
The Sonoma County Medical Association, a component medical society of the California Medical Association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. In addition to its community health initiatives, SCMA offers a wide array of legal, collegial and advocacy benefits to its members. The medical association also publishes several helpful periodicals and sponsors various committees that safeguard the profession of medicine.
Founded in 1858, SCMA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association governed by a board of directors composed of local physicians. SCMA welcomes all physicians, respects diverse interests and acts as a unifying force in the community. Interested physicians with MD or DO degrees can join both SCMA and CMA by completing a simple, one-page application form.
In January 2022, SCMA merged with the Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society to create a regional medical association named the Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake Medical Association (SMLMA).
SMLMA enhances the health of the community by helping local residents gain the knowledge, motivations and opportunities needed to make informed decisions about their health. The medical association supports local, state and national efforts to promote healthy behaviors, create healthy environments and increase access to high-quality health care. Current SCMA health initiatives include:
Medical-legal information. SMLMA members can contact attorney David Berry, Esq. for a legal consultation at no charge consulting on contracts and agreements, subpoenas, employer/employee relations, collections, confidentiality, and records retention. Members can also call the CMA Member Help Center for assistance with general, legal and reimbursement issues. In addition, members can access the CMA Medical-Legal Library, an online resource containing over 3,000 pages of medical-legal, regulatory and reimbursement information. These documents are free to members; nonmembers pay $2 per page.
Collegial Events. SMLMA encourages physician collegiality in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties by sponsoring annual events. During the popular annual Awards Dinner, the medical association presents Outstanding Achievement awards to local physicians and community members. The informal Physician Appreciation Reception, held at a different locations each year, allows physicians to interact with their colleagues in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.
CMA Meetings. SMLMA members regularly participate in meetings sponsored by the California Medical Association. Each fall, delegates from SMLMA attend the House of Delegates, which establishes the policies that guide CMA. During the spring, SMLMA members enroll in the CMA Leadership Academy, which helps physicians understand the latest trends in health care and develop leadership skills.
Legislative Advocacy. Physicians consistently indicate that influencing public policy is a top priority. SMLMA members regularly meet with local representatives and with candidates for public office. Members are also invited to participate in the annual Legislative Day, when physicians from around the state convene in Sacramento to meet with legislators and other government officials.
Members who are interested in influencing public policy, upholding professional standards or reviewing publications can participate in SMLMA councils and committees, including:
MSSC is SCMA's 501(c)(3) established in 2017 - This corporation was formed to provide support for local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. MSSC services are provided through the offering of a wide array of referred resources, wellness education, community outreach, medical and health educational training, health screenings and collegial benefits to SMLMA members.
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