One Unified Voice

SMLMA and CMA represent the voices of
more than 43,000 physicians state-wide.

Member Benefits

By joining the Sonoma County Medical Association or Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society, you’re joining a network of more than 40,000 physicians state-wide unified in support of the medical profession.  Members have access to a myriad of resources and services to promote the well-being of our physician members and improve the delivery of quality healthcare to your patients.

Member Benefits Include

  1. 24/7 Member Support
    The SCMA and MLCMS are here for you when you need us.
  2. Local and Legislative Advocacy
    Through the larger network of the California Medical Association (CMA), the SCMA and MLCMS represent the interests of organized medicine to policy-makers in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties and at the state legislature.
  3. Updates to the latest news affecting the delivery of care
    Stay informed through the SCMA and MLCMS Physician magazines, email newsletters, and alerts.
  4. Access to Preferred Partners
    The SCMA and MLCMS partner with businesses partners that assist in driving our mission and give our members the tools they need to succeed. 
  5. Legal Services
    Access to legal support staff and more than 5,000 pages of information in CMA’s On-Call Online Health Library.
  1. Billing Assistance
    Receive expert help with physician reimbursement and medical billing issues.
  2. Practice Resources
    Access resources to maintain an efficient medical practice.
  3. Education Resources
    Attend in-person seminars, or view on-demand webinars for CME credit.
  4. Leadership Opportunities
    The SCMA and MLCMS encourage the professional growth of our members by offering opportunities to serve on the Board of Directors, committees, SCMA and MLCMS's delegation to the CMA House of Delegates, and other leadership positions.
  5. Networking and Educational Events
    Make connections with local peers at SCMA and MLCMS hosted educational and social events throughout the year.


Membership FAQs

Membership in the SCMA or MLCMS is open to Physicians who live and/or work within Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, who possess an un-revoked and unsuspended U.S. doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) certificate, or a recognized international equivalent; and resident physicians who are attending an accredited residency or fellowship in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties.

  • Regular Active (Practicing Physician): Physicians possess an un-revoked and unsuspended U.S. doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) certificate, or a recognized international equivalent and reside and/or work in Sonoma, Mendocino, or Lake County.
  • Government Employed Physician: Sonoma/Mendocino/Lake County-employed physicians
  • Part-time Active Physician: Physicians ages 65 or older who practice under 20 hours per week
  • Retired Physician: Regular Active Physicians Members of any age who are fully retired from the practice of medicine (Regular Active membership must be held for 1 full year prior to be eligible for this status)
  • Resident Physician: Resident, intern or fellow physician enrolled in accredited medical training, intern or fellowship programs in Sonoma, Mendocino, or Lake County.

Membership in the CMA is mandatory to be a member of the SCMA or MLCMS. We believe the key to our organization’s strength is its excellent collaborative relationships with CMA and other county chapters. Furthermore, the dual membership helps support state and local activities as well as providing you with additional member benefits.

SCMA and MLCMS accept payment by check, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards. You can remit a lump-sum payment, or set up a monthly installment plan with a credit card. To sign up for the monthly installment plan, contact SCMA at (707) 525-4375, or MLCMS at (916) 551-2541

SCMA, MLCMS, and CMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. To find out the percentage of your current year's dues that cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes (typically around 33%), please see your invoice or contact SCMA at (707) 525-4375, or MLCMS at (916) 551-2541. Please consult with your CPA or Tax Consultant for additional questions.

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