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greater than myself was extremely rewarding. Legislative Advocacy Day is a great reminder that helping patients does not begin and end in the exam room, and that there is so much potential to do good on a level that affects millions of individuals. It is a valuable opportunity that brings the state’s most active physicians together to advocate on behalf of organized medicine and collaborate on ideas and strategies. As fun and exciting as this experience is for the participants, it is also a very serious endeavor. The bills we address have the potential to significantly impact—for better or worse—the practice of medicine, our patients, and the overall health of Californians. In a group including physicians and other members of SSVMS, our California Northstate University cohort of first- and second-year medical students met with our representative, Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove. A separate group that included UC Davis medical students met with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento. We voiced our support for the bills in question and stressed our unique concerns as medical students, explaining that our future practice can be greatly affected by the legislative decisions of today. In addition to the many meetings in legislative offices throughout the day, the CMA Legislative Advocacy Day events also included a keynote speech by Gov. Gavin Newsom. He expressed his interest and passion for health care and declared that he aimed to focus on health care much in the way that Gov. Brown had focused on climate change. Gov. Newsom even went as far as to state that he wanted to be known as

Physicians and medical students meet with soda bills supporter Assemblymember Kevin McCarty.

the “Health Care Governor.” These statements were met with appreciation and excitement from the crowd of physicians and medical students. As has been the case in every experience I have had with state representatives, we were welcomed

and treated very graciously. We were made to feel like our concerns as medical students mattered and were taken seriously. This reassurance was very encouraging for our advocacy efforts and for our future involvement in organized medicine.

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Profile for Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...