For Physicians

Domestic Violence Guidelines (updated December 2012)

Domestic Violence

The SFMS developed guidelines on domestic violence screening and intervention for physicians and other clinicians in consultation with some of the most experienced clinicians in this arena. This guideline represents a concise and clinically based approach to this complex issue, distilling knowledge from existing, longer documents. The brochure has been widely distributed and well received by clinicians citywide and beyond, and it was cited in the Journal of the American Medical Association as one of the best such resources.

Click here to see the SFMS Domestic Violence Guidelines.

Emergency Preparedness

In 2008, the SFMS dedicated an issue of San Francisco Medicine to emergency preparedness in San Francisco. Click here to find out what every physician should know.

Improving Palliative Care: A Community-Wide Initiative

The SFMS and Sutter Health Institute for Research and Education have a community-wide initiative to improve palliative care. Click here to download a PDF about this initiative.

Click here to read about a recent meeting of physician champions on opportunities to increase utilization of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). More information on this effort is forthcoming and we welcome participation by physicians and other clinicians in our initiative. For a copy of the POLST form, click here.

Medical Leadership Council on Cultural Proficiency

The Medical Leadership Council on Cultural Proficiency (MLC) has developed a website to be used by all MLC members and others interested in the issues of cultural proficiency, language access, and the health care workforce. SFMS is an active member of the thirty-three-member Council and is pleased to link the MLC website to our own. Medical Leadership.org has been designed to allow easy access to information for participating organizations, their members, and other health care professionals.

On the site you will find:

  • Information about the MLC: Member organizations, participation agreements, and policies
  • News and information: MLC reports, meeting summaries, and an events calendar
  • Educational tools: CME courses, tools, and patient education materials
  • Resource center
  • Language Access Database, MLC presentations, and links

The Language Access Database is a county-by-county database providing information on interpretation and translation services, patient education materials in languages other than English, and community resources for patients. The database is updated regularly, and listings may be sent to the CAFP for inclusion.

It includes:

  • Interpretation resources by phone, VMI, or onsite
  • Language lines
  • Community resources
  • Interpretation equipment
  • Training for physicians and staff members
  • Websites in languages other than English

SFMS Member Directory and Desk Reference

Every year the SFMS publishes a member directory and desk reference. To find out about ordering copies of this valuable resource, contact the SFMS or download an order form.

Physician Referral Service

Click here to use our Physician Finder and access a database of our members.

Local Health Care News

Click here to see all of the ways the SFMS keeps physicians informed.

The SFMS Community Service Foundation

The San Francisco Medical Society Community Service Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, is the conduit for funded projects in research, education, and advocacy. Click here to learn more. 

Follow Us On

I am a SFMS member because I believe—when I joined SFMS as a new doctor 25 years ago, and still believe now—that physicians need the advocacy of organized medicine to represent them and their patients with insurance companies, legislators, and public policy. The SFMS has often led the way with health initiatives that benefit our patients and our profession.

Toni Brayer, MDCEO of Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation