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The SMLMA keeps you up to date on the latest news,
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2024 Physician Wellness Leadership awards announced

Nominations and award recipients were announced at the Physician Wellness EXPO and Dinner on April 26, 2024, in Petaluma. Awards were presented to physicians in six categories of wellness leadership achievement. Click here or the icon below for the full dinner program, which includes photographs and statements from each of the nominees. Additional details and list of awardees may be viewed in May 2024 News Briefs.

2024 Physician Wellness Expo & Dinner



December 2016

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New 2017 health laws: Are you ready?

The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care. In particular, there was a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and workers’ compensation issues. CMA has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. For more details, see "Significant New California Laws of Interest to Physicians for 2017."

SCMA Awards Dinner attracts full house

The Rose Ballroom at the Vintners Inn was full on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, as SCMA honored Drs. Jerry Minkoff, Gary Barth, and Rob Nied with Outstanding Contribution awards. Dr. Veronica Jordan received the Sonoma Medicine Article of the Year award, and Partnership HealthPlan of California received a Recognition of Achievement. SCMA President Dr. Regina Sullivan acted as emcee for the gala event, holding with alacrity the attention of more than 100 doctors, spouses and guests.


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Dec. 16 last chance to update your 2017 directory listing

SCMA is accepting updates for the 2017 Sonoma County Physician Directory until Dec. 16. Contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or The directory features photographs and detailed listings for all SCMA members, including their specialty(s), special medical interest and medical training. Basic information for nonmember physicians is included as well.

2016 directories discounted to $10 while supplies last

Need extra copies of the 2016 Sonoma County Physician Directory? Get them now for $10 while they last: that’s a $20 discount! Contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or

Longtime executive director leaving SCMA

Cynthia Melody, who celebrated 25 years with SCMA in October, announced her departure effective Dec. 31, 2016. Click here (link to pdf A) to view Melody’s departure letter. Initially recruited to manage SCMA committees, programs and projects, Melody has served as executive director since 2000. She’s also served as executive director for the Marin Medical Society since 2007 and the Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society since 2010.

MMS is in negotiations with the San Francisco Medical Society to merge the two organizations into the San Francisco-Marin Medical Society. MLCMS will be administered by the California Medical Association. For details and a description of the new SCMA executive director position, contact Mike Steenburgh at


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CMA Management Tip of the Month: December
In addition to the featured tip, this monthly one-page publication is a great reminder for practice managers and physicians about other CMA benefits available. Click here to see "Don't lose revenue by not working denials." 




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Free classifieds for SCMA members! SCMA members can place FREE classified ads in News Briefs or Sonoma Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at or 707-525-0102.


The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. © 2016 SCMA, 2312 Bethards Dr. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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