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Tuesday Rx | January 22, 2019 | New Partnerships to Celebrate and New Issues to Tackle

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Celebrating a New Partnership

Another week to share some promising news. For some time, LACMA has been in productive discussions with physician leaders from Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. The facility has gone through a massive transformation and now is a state-of-the-art medical campus serving the South Central Los Angeles area.

The challenge for MLKCH is how to attract medical providers to serve the needs of an incredibly diverse population in a culturally competent way. LACMA is now entering a five-year partnership with MLKCH to help them recruit physicians, retain them and help them to thrive in medicine. At the same time, MLKCH will sponsor membership for faculty, clinical and administrative physicians through 2023.

Assemblyman Mike Gipson, representing the 64th Assembly District, has also pledged his support for the partnership and will undoubtedly join us for the historic and timely membership kick off event. Click here to view Assemblyman Gipson’s message.

The Dangers of Vaping

On the public health front, LACMA is hosting a conference call in early February with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, County Supervisor staff, the Los Angeles County Pediatric Association and other key stakeholders to discuss the public health epidemic impacting adolescents known as vaping. Read a recent article from CNN on why vaping is so dangerous for teens.

The goal of these discussions is to assess what is working and how we can engage other groups and medical providers to bring awareness to the problem as more vaping retail outlets open near schools and parks.

Annual Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation Event

I want to recognize Dr. Maria Lymberis for her work in the field of psychiatry and supporting patients and providers through collaboration, networking and sharing. The Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation (PER) was established in January of 1990 to promote the goals of the Southern California Psychiatric Society and its member psychiatrists.

Specifically, PER aims to foster the active participation of psychiatrists in our community to improve psychiatric care, increase access to treatment and fight against the destructive effects of stigma and discrimination of persons suffering from psychiatric problems through education and research.

Every year, at its annual event, PER gives the PER Advocate Award to someone who has exemplified its mission. Past awardees include the Honorable Edward Edelman, NAMI leader Sharon Dunas, Commissioner Laurie Hymowitz and other distinguished mental health champions.

Click here for information about this Saturday evening’s (January 26th) event to honor Dr. Kenneth B. Wells.

The Los Angeles Multi-Specialty Cosmetic Academy National Meeting

Equally innovative is LACMA member, Dr. Kian Karimi, who is hosting the Los Angeles Multi-Specialty Cosmetic Academy (LA-MCA) national meeting March 21-24, 2019 to bring together top aesthetic medicine experts and industry partners under one roof. The LA-MCA is a CME accredited meeting with an academic emphasis on teaching the best techniques, latest technologies, responsible marketing, practice management, and safe practices of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine taught within a learning environment that is collegial and open forum.

To learn more, click here.

Gustavo Friederichsen
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles County Medical Association
“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”


CME Programs


WHEN: March 21 to 23, 2019
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria, Las Vegas
3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Click here for more information.

This two-and-a-half-day symposium has been designed by experts in the field of hematologic malignancies and affords the conference attendee specialized educational tracks for both physicians and nurses, providing an opportunity to learn about the most recent advances in the treatment of bone marrow transplant, multiple myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia.

For questions contact: cme@coh.org or 626-218-5622.

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