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Legislature passes CMA bill to protect patients and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship

August 23, 2022 The California Legislature unanimously passed an important California Medical Association (CMA) sponsored bill (AB 1636) that will ensure physicians who have committed sexual misconduct with a patient or client are prohibited from acquiring or reinstating their license. The bill—authored by Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D., (D-La Mesa) and co-authored by Assemblymember Al Murasuchi (D-Torrance) and Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger)—will protect patients from criminal sexual misconduct and ensure that any physician who so violates a patient’s trust cannot be licensed in California. “This important measure will ensure the Medical Board of California has ...

SCCMA President's Statement on Uvalde, Texas

Dear Physicians, We are deeply saddened by the events that transpired in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th resulting in the death of 21 innocent lives. The devastation of gun violence places a heavy weight in our hearts and minds. Tuesday’s tragedy marks the 27th school shooting in the United States this year with 213 mass shootings overall for 2022. Many school shooters have had adverse childhood experiences and addressing the role of this in prevention is important along with current gun laws. Firearm violence is a complex legal, political, educational, ...

Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

The Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act was officially signed into law on March 18, 2022 by the president. The law is named for Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City based Emergency physician who died by suicide in April 2020 during the height of the COVID pandemic. The law seeks to identify and address the causes of burnout in physicians and health care professionals. The law will support a two-year timeline in which the Health and Human Services (HHS) will research best practices for improving the mental ...

Apply for the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship

Using an anti-racist, equity-centered learning framework, the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship provides a mentoring and training platform that equips participants with the foundational skills, tools, and knowledge to engage in institutional and political health advocacy.  The fellowship empowers and mobilizes physicians to be part of the next generation of advocacy leaders, driving meaningful policy and structural changes that produce equity and justice in the communities they serve.  This Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship is a collaboration between the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity and Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher ...

Join the Second Cohort of Health Equity-Rooted Physicians Committed to Closing the Detrimental Health Gap

Using an anti-racist, equity-centered learning framework, the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship provides a mentoring and training platform that equips participants with the foundational skills, tools, and knowledge to engage in institutional and political health advocacy.  The fellowship empowers and mobilizes physicians to be part of the next generation of advocacy leaders, driving meaningful policy and structural changes that produce equity and justice in the communities they serve.  This Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship is a collaboration between the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity and Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher ...