immunizations, and disallowing the personal exemption. We won this battle -- and childhood immunization rates are now at a safe level, protecting your children and your grandchildren. You can be sure we’ll have to fight this battle to protect vaccinations, over and over again. You can also be sure that the CMA will be there, because we are here to keep the CMA strong. #3: L ocally, in 2017, the SJMS engaged in the struggle to separate the Coroner’s Office from the Sheriff’s office in San Joaquin County. At stake was the independence of medical practice for our medical examiner colleagues. We took on the Sheriff’s office, we took on 100 years of precedent, and we won! There will be future local fights that need to be fought to defend our profession. And the SJMS will be there, because we are here to keep it strong. Now it’s not just conflict we engage in. The vast majority of our work is that of quietly building and maintaining the health of our profession. To highlight some ongoing local projects: 1. Decision Medicine. Every summer this program exposes
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24 local underprivileged high school students to the medical profession. Many have gone on to pursue medicine as careers. Decision Medicine has been recognized and copied by other chapters within the CMA. 2. B ridge to Medicine: our newest initiative, to give individual guidance for those who are planning to attend medical school. (By the way, we need mentors!) 3. Our local medical community is Northern California’s fastest-growing teaching hub. Every year you’ll see more residents and medical students in our local hospitals and practices. It will not be surprising to see someone start a medical school (de novo or as a branch campus) in the Stockton area in the next decade. Local medical education is a permanent solution to the recruiting problems that we have all faced. SJMS will be there to promote the Central Valley, and to promote this necessary maturation of our medical community.” So, there you have it – a list of reasons why we all need to continue to support our local and state medical societies. Keep your membership active, and volunteer to help when you can!
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