Lacma Monday Rx

Plenty to share in spite of the season. Dr. Sion Roy, LACMA’s new president, hit the ground running with several meetings with key legislators to talk about healthcare in California and specifically Los Angeles County. A positive discussion with state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon included a collaboration on anti-vaping and sugary drink reductions, and at the epicenter of the Los Angeles homeless crisis, we met with leaders from Skid Row Housing Trust, a 30-year-old nonprofit with $1 billion in assets that builds affordable and sustainable housing for the chronically homeless.

We then met with Adrin Nazarian, Assemblyman 46th District, who shared his views on vaccines, specifically AB 276 (Pan), which would require the California Department of Public Health to review and potentially reject any child’s medical exemption if they attend a school or daycare with immunization rates of less than 95%. Approximately 20% of schools and daycares would currently fall under that scrutiny. 

Mr. Nazarian suggests not creating an expensive and broad new bureaucracy within the Department of Public Health and questioned the need for the bill with so few actual measles cases in a state with 40 million people. I’d like to hear from you and share your thoughts with both Dr. Pan and Assemblyman Nazarian. 

Historic Membership Partnership


This week also marks a historic gathering as we celebrate the membership partnership with Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Medical Foundation. The five-year agreement calls for every newly employed physician to be automatically made a member of LACMA. Dr. Sion Roy, Dr. C. Freeman and I will be joined by Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of MLK Community Hospital, Dr. John Fisher, chief medical officer, physicians, legislators and Jonathan Barrera from Westpac Wealth Partners, who made the evening possible thanks to a generous sponsorship.

Apply for the Patient Care Foundation's Scholarship Program 


Since 2008, the Patient Care Foundation's scholarship program has provided financial assistance to 50 medical students. Additionally, the PCF works to expand the pool of medical professionals by encouraging and mentoring a new cadre of community-based physicians poised to deliver high-quality healthcare to underserved populations. 

Through its fundraising efforts, the Patient Care Foundation supports medical education institutions and medical students in a variety of ways including:

  • Helping alleviate the financial pressures of students who were raised in disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles County.
  • Championing programs that increase access to care and expand the pool of medical professionals in underserved populations.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 13

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Resident Fair Schedule

We would like to show appreciation and thank all the residents and fellows that stopped by our table at the recent resident fairs. Our last Resident Fair will be held at Cedars Sinai on August 1. 

We hope to see you there! 

August 1 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Cedars Sinai

8700 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

 2019 Medical Group Advocacy Symposium


The 2019 Medical Group Advocacy Symposium is on physician wellness: tools, resources and best practices for the prevention of burnout, and treatment solutions. The California Medical Association (CMA) has convened the best and brightest thought leaders to this venue so that attendees can engage, consider and build initiatives that address wellness challenges, value-based healthcare models, and policy changes impacting medical groups.

We look forward to your participation as we are confident that the symposium will provide you and your organization the market research and expertise required to tackle emerging trends and future market needs.


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 2019 NEPO Summit

Standing Up for Health Care in California

The two-day summit is an innovative educational event for physicians, public health professionals, advocates and community leaders that offers policy and best practices for reducing health disparities, building diversity in the workforce and increasing cultural competency in clinical care.

August 23 - 24

Westin Pasadena

191 N. Robles Ave. 

Pasadena, CA 91101

Early bird discount deadline: August 1, 2019

Registration deadline: August 23, 2019 

Sign Up Here 

 Advancements in Sickle Cell Disease

City of Hope

Exclusive Educational Symposium

WHAT TO EXPECT?  This invitation-only event provides an exclusive educational forum that promotes dialogue and interaction between leading experts and healthcare professionals at the front line of treatment and care for sickle cell disease (SCD) patients.

Participating HCPs will leave the program with a greater scientific and clinical understanding of treatment and management for patients living with sickle cell disease today.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This one-day educational symposium is offered at no cost to a select number of healthcare professionals with a common interest in sickle cell disease, including hematologists, pediatricians and clinical nurse specialists.

September 19, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Westin Pasadena

191 N. Robles Ave. 

Pasadena, CA 91101

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—Wade Boggs


Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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