Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


May 2013

• Potluck dinner for women physicians on May 16

• RSVP now for May 9 Wine & Cheese Reception

• Physicians converge on Capitol for CMA Leadership Conference

• Dr. Georgianna Farren nominated as MMS President-Elect

• Marin Medicine wins international award

• Physicians invited to Immunization Coalition meeting on May 9

• Teen dating violence workshop at Marin General on June 8

• Resolutions for CMA House of Delegates needed by June 30

• Leadership Academy heads to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

• Top stories from CMA Alert







Potluck dinner for women physicians on May 16

All women physicians in Marin County are invited to an informal potluck dinner on Thursday evening, May 16. Hosted by MMS President Dr. Irina deFischer, the dinner is a great opportunity to gather with your female colleagues in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Please bring a dish and your favorite bottle of wine to share. Dishes can include hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes, salad or dessert.

To RSVP and receive the address, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 415-924-3891 or Please let Rachel know what dish you plan to bring.


RSVP now for May 9 Wine & Cheese Reception

Marin physicians are invited to attend the Sonoma County Medical Association’s May 9 Wine & Cheese Reception. This popular event--to be held at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville--is absolutely free for MMS members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 707-525-4375. The event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., features CMA President Dr. Paul Phinney, a Sacramento pediatrician. He will give an informal “President’s Message” touching on what CMA is doing for you, current issues, and opportunities to get involved in SCMA and CMA. For more information, download the flyer below.

2013 SCMA Wine & Cheese Reception flyer


Physicians converge on Capitol for CMA Leadership Conference

Fifteen North Bay physicians--including Dr. Peter Bretan from Marin County--joined more than 400 of their colleagues from throughout the state for CMA’s annual Legislative Leadership Conference on April 16. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom told the crowd during a morning session that “the issue of healthcare is the dominant challenge we face as it relates to balancing our budget.”

Other morning speakers included CMA President Dr. Paul Phinney, Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan and Peter Lee, who directs Covered California, the health benefit exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The exchange, which is scheduled to open next January, will allow consumers to compare rates and select health insurance plans.

After lunch, attendees headed off to meet with their legislators in the Capitol, perhaps heeding Dr. Pan’s advice to “talk about what you do every day in your practice--taking care of patients.”


Dr. Georgianna Farren nominated as MMS President-Elect

Dr. Georgianna Farren, an internist and director of the Marin Community Clinics, has been nominated as MMS President-Elect. She heads the list of nominees on this year’s MMS election ballots, which will be mailed to all members during the first week of May and are due back by May 31.

The MMS board of directors recently approved retaining the current officers, so Dr. Irina deFischer will continue as president during 2013-14. Other physicians renominated to the MMS board include Drs. Anne Cummings and Peter Bretan. Dr. Lori Selleck has been nominated as a delegate to CMA.

For more information, contact Cynthia Melody at 415-924-3891 or


Marin Medicine wins international award

Marin Medicine has won an Award of Merit (third place) in the International Summit Awards sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication, the world’s largest organization of technical writers and editors. The magazine was entered into the international competition after taking top honors in the STC’s Northern California region. The international event drew hundreds of entries from around the world.


Physicians invited to Immunization Coalition meeting on May 9

Local physicians interested in raising immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases are encouraged to attend the May 9 meeting of the Marin Immunization Coalition. The meeting--to be held at the Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Drive, San Rafael--will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Immunization Coalition is a nonprofit group focused on raising immunization rates and providing immunization education for all age groups in Marin County. Current members include physicians of diverse specialties, nurses and pharmacists.

To RSVP for the meeting, or for more details, contact Dr. Clark Hinderleider at 415-244-6203 or


Teen dating violence workshop at Marin General on June 8

Did you know that one in three teenagers in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner? To help physicians and nurses identify and respond to teen dating violence, the Center for Domestic Peace is sponsoring a free workshop on Saturday afternoon, June 8, in the conference center at Marin General Hospital. Participants will learn to recognize and screen for teen dating violence; learn how to assess for risk; and identify three strategies to increase awareness and prevention.

To register, visit For more details, download the flyer below or contact Laura Martinez at 415-526-2544 or

Teen Dating Violence workshop flyer


Resolutions for CMA House of Delegates needed by June 30

Resolutions for the CMA District 10 caucus are due by June 30. The caucus is the first stop on the way to the CMA House of Delegates, which meets this fall to consider resolutions from around the state. Submitting resolutions to the House of Delegates is the most direct way for members to influence CMA’s policies and activities, including its advocacy agenda. Resolutions can address virtually any medical practice or health-related topic, or any aspect of the policies and activities of organized medicine.

To submit a resolution, contact Cynthia Melody at or 415-924-3891.


Leadership Academy heads to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

The annual California Health Care Leadership Academy will be held May 31 through June 2 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Presented by CMA, the California Medical Group Management Association and the CMA Foundation, “Increasing the Odds of Success” will cover a variety of issues to help physicians succeed in the rapidly changing health care landscape.

Hear from the experts and leaders of change and attend a comprehensive slate of practice management seminars and workshops to position your practice for success. For details, contact Cynthia Melody at 415-924-3891 or, or visit


Top stories from CMA Alert

Here are the top stories from the latest CMA Alert, the California Medical Association’s biweekly email newsletter. For a free subscription, visit

Physicians, lawmakers and medical students gather to promote physician workforce legislation

Physicians report significant difficulties with TRICARE transition

DHCS delays Medi-Cal managed care rural expansion

Santa Cruz physician nominated to MedPAC

President's budget addresses physician payment issues



Dr. David Gullion, a medical oncologist with Marin Specialty Care, will receive an Honor Thy Healer award from Zero Breast Cancer at a May 9 awards dinner in Mill Valley. Dr. Gullion, who developed the integrative oncology program for patients at the Marin Cancer Institute, is medical director of the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at Marin General Hospital.



The latest Medscape Physician Compensation Report finds that orthopedic surgeons were the top-earning specialists nationwide in 2012, with an average annual compensation of $405,000, more than twice as much as psychiatrists, internists, family physicians and pediatricians. The annual survey found that compensation for almost all physicians continued to increase in 2012, with average earnings around the country well in excess of $200,000. To view the complete survey findings, visit

The 25th annual Conference on Physician Well-Being will be held in Riverside on May 22. Endorsed by CMA , the conference focuses on legal issues, new drug testing technologies and managing co-occuring disorders. The conference qualifies for 7 hours of Category 1 credit and costs $300. To register, visit or contact Tamme Perdue at 951-686-3342 or

A conference on Integrating Mind-Body Medicine into Clinical Practice will be held in San Francisco Oct. 5-9. Sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the conference offers a maximum of 31 Category 1 credits. The focus is on medical techniques to address stress, anxiety, trauma, insomnia and chronic illness. To register, visit

The following CMA webinars are scheduled for April. Webinars begin at 12:15 p.m. and run until 1:15 or later. To register, visit Seminars are free for CMA members and their staff; cost for nonmembers is $99 per person.

Prescribing and referring for Medi-Cal patients (May 1)

Time management (May 8)

Essentials for ICD-10-CM (May 16, 23 and 30)

Documentation and coding auditing (May 22)

Estate planning after the fiscal cliff (May 29)



Psychiatrist wanted

A staff psychiatrist at Sonoma Developmental Center participates in the multidisciplinary team process for the management of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sonoma Developmental Center is operated by the State of California, Department of Developmental Services, and provides long-term residential services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The psychiatrist performs psychiatric evaluations, participates in the multidisciplinary team meetings and provides recommendations to the primary care physicians in the psychiatric medication management of complex behavioral problems. The psychiatrist is also available via email and pager for consultation with primary care physicians for urgent clinical issues.

SALARY RANGE: $18,146 to $22,377 per month

Applications may be downloaded from the California Department of Human Resources website at Applications MUST be filed in person or by mail with: Sonoma Developmental Center, Human Resources Examination Department, 15000 Arnold Drive, PO Box 1493, Eldridge, CA 95431. For more details, contact Dr. Michael Wymore at 707-938-6566.

Family physicians needed

Family medicine positions available with Annadel Medical Group in Sonoma County. Contact

Urodynamic monitor for sale

Urodynamic monitor--$2900. Like new. Bard 4-channel urodynamic monitor with extra supplies. I left private practice and joined a large group and no longer need this monitor. It is in great condition and was hardly used. I am in the Santa Rosa area but can arrange delivery to other Bay Area locations. Contact Janet at 650-814-7155 or

MMS members get free classifieds!

MMS members can place free classified ads in News Briefs or Marin Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Linda McLaughlin at or 707-525-4359.



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