Happy Fall! I would like to begin my Presidential note by bringing your attention to a very important and timely advocacy issue.
Unfortunately, AB 890 (Wood), the Bill that allows Nurse Practitioners to practice with full autonomy without physician supervision, has made it through the Assembly and Senate and is waiting for Governor approval. Your assistance is urgently requested to encourage Governor Newsom to veto this Bill. click here to visit the CMA to voice your opinion to the Governor asking him to veto this piece of legislation. Lets all do our part and help defeat this potentially disastrous Bill. “The louder our voice, the more we will be heard”.
Through the lobbying efforts of the CSPS, SB275 (Pan) which would have required all surgical facilities to keep on hand a 90-day supply of PPE for all personnel, now only applies to Hospital Facilities and Dialysis Clinics. This will no longer be an expensive requirement for our individual operating facilities.
VIRTUAL 2020 CSPS SCIENTIFIC Meeting
I would like to begin my September Presidential note by thanking all of those members of the CSPS Scientific Program Committee, and the CSPS Executive staff that helped make our 3-day Virtual 2020 Annual Educational Meeting in August a tremendous success. Between the E-Posters, Educational Papers, Power Panels, and Residents Day, the conference offered something for everyone. And of course, it would not have been possible without the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors who can be found listed on our website. A synopsis of the award -winning papers and presentations can be found on our website.
The Pandemic continues to play a role in all of our lives. Through an exclusive agreement with Sentry PPE, CSPS members can now take advantage of quality vetted PPE products at discount rates. Enter the Members section of the CSPS website at www.californiaplasticsurgeons,org for a hyperlink to the Sentry PPE ordering pad to acquire the needed PPE supplies for your home and office.
While on our CSPS website members section, you will also find the link to Spectrum dx Labs. CSPS has established an exclusive relationship with Spectrum dx to provide Covid-19 nasal swab antigen tests with a guaranteed turn-around results time within 48 to 72 hours. For our pre-operative patients that require Covid-19 clearance (to avoid potential higher complication rates from surgery) prior to their procedure, this guaranteed turn-around time is extremely helpful. Rapid antibody tests are also available at discount prices to screen for viral immunity. Many surgeons have found these tests extremely helpful for concerned patients and families as well as for testing of ourselves and office staff to reassure patients of a viral free office environment. Please take advantage of these exceptional opportunities.
In honor of Dr. Jack Bruner, a past president of the CSPS, and a past Chair of the CPS PAC for over twenty years, UC Davis is establishing the Bruner Fellowship which will allow one resident per year to participate in Advocacy events. Please help establish this Fellowship and ensure future leaders for our Society. Details will be forthcoming on how monetary donations can be made to support the Bruner Fellowship.
The CSPS Membership year runs from July 1st to June 31st. Because of the extreme circumstances of 2020, membership dues have been greatly reduced. Please take advantage of the reduce membership rates and all of the benefits of membership in the California Society of Plastic Surgeons has to offer by paying your 2020-2021 dues. Also encourage your colleagues who may not yet be members to join the California Society and support the Society that protects the prosperity of our specialty and the safety of our patients.
Terry Zimmerman, MD