Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


June 2013

• Still time to register for June 4 Medi-Cal rally in Sacramento

• Dr. Irina deFischer re-elected to MMS presidency

• Teen dating violence workshop at Marin General on June 8

• Resolutions for CMA House of Delegates needed by June 30

• 2013-14 Marin County Physician Directory at the printer

• Top stories from CMA Alert






Still time to register for June 4 Medi-Cal rally in Sacramento

More than 9,000 physicians and other medical professionals statewide have already registered for the June 4 “We Are Medi-Cal” rally in Sacramento, expected to be the largest-ever healthcare demonstration at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the “We Care for California” coalition of healthcare providers, including MMS, the rally will promote awareness of the threat that looming Medi-Cal cuts pose to healthcare access, especially in rural and underserved communities.

The goal of 10,000 attendees is easily within reach, and all local healthcare workers are urged to register by visiting The rally is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you can’t spend all day in Sacramento, you can spend just an hour or two, but you should still register at In any case, be sure to wear your white coat!

For more details, see the attached flyer.

June 4 Medi-Cal rally flyer

Dr. Irina deFischer re-elected to MMS presidency

Dr. Irina deFischer, a family physician and geriatrician at Kaiser Petaluma, has been re-elected president of MMS for the 2013-14 fiscal year following a vote by membership in May. This will be her third term as president. She first served during 1994-95 and is about to finish her second term. She will be succeeded in July 2014 by Dr. Georgianna Farren, director of the Marin Community Clinics, who was chosen as MMS president-elect. Other physicians serving on the MMS board include Dr. Anne Cummings and Dr. Peter Bretan. Dr. Lori Selleck was chosen as a delegate to CMA.

For a complete list of MMS leadership, visit

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.

2013-14 Marin County Physician Directory at the printer

The 2013-14 edition of the Marin County Physician Directory is at the printer and is scheduled to be distributed to all MMS members later this month. Each member will receive one free copy of the directory, which lists every practicing physician in the county and provides detailed specialty indexes and membership listings.

Additional copies of the directory will cost $30 for MMS members ($25 when purchasing five or more) and $40 for nonmembers, health care companies and the general public ($35 when purchasing five or more). To pre-order, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 415-924-3891 or

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

New TRICARE contract might create gap in medical malpractice coverage

Ninth circuit denies request to rehear Medi-Cal rate cut case

CMA joins coalition to oppose scope-of-practice bills

Covered California unveils qualified health plans, expected premiums

Congress making progress on SGR repeal


Pen and paper are on the way out at Marin General Hospital, which implemented paperless entry for physicians’ clinical information last month. The new system, called computerized physician order entry (CPOE), began with nurses in 2010 and has now been implemented for doctors and other clinical team members. “While the change in workflow has been challenging for some staff members,” said hospital CEO Lee Domanico, “more than 150 studies conducted since 2007 have confirmed that organizations using health information technology, like CPOE, have seen positive outcomes.” He noted that CPOE can result in better management of chronic diseases and increased compliance with clinical guidelines.


The following CMA webinars are scheduled for June. 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.

Updating your partnership and shareholder agreements (June 5)

Paid family leave: A valuable safety net (June 12)

What to expect from a Medi-Cal audit (June 19)

Meaningful use: What you need to know (June 26)

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

MMS members can get registration discounts for the Napa Primary Care Conference: Caring for the Active and Athletic Patient, to be held at the Napa Valley Marriott from Nov. 6 to 10. The conference is designed for physicians and medical professionals who care for active and athletic patients or who themselves lead such a lifestyle. Topics include common medical and musculoskeletal problems, healthy lifestyles and personal wellness. The conference offers up to 16 hours of CME. To register, visit the conference website.


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• well-maintained building

• close to MGH & other practices

• your assistant(s) welcome

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Perfect for specialist or therapist. Contact Heidi at or 415-461-2262.

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.


Sean Bourke, MD, Emergency Medicine*, Medical Weight Management, 350 Bon Air Center #240, Greenbrae 94904, Univ Southern California 1997

Shala Fardin, MD, Dermatology*, 2330 Marinship Way #370, Sausalito 94965, Harvard Med Sch 2003

Kristen Matsik, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology*, 1260 S. Eliseo Dr. , Greenbrae 94904, Virginia Univ 1995

Rita Melkonian, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology/Female Urology, 101 Casa Buena Dr. #B, Corte Madera 94925, National Univ Iran 1977

Ashley Smith, MD, Dermatology*, Cosmetic Surgery, 2330 Marinship Way #370, Sausalito 94965, St. Louis Univ 2003

Patricia Stamm, MD, Psychiatry, 2 Narragansett Cove, San Rafael 94901, Columbia Univ 1977

* = board certified; italics = special medical interest


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