CMA Wellness launches engagement groups for physicians that screen patients for ACEs

April 30, 2021
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health 

The California Medical Association’s (CMA) wellness program (CMA Wellness) has launched free, online wellness engagement groups for health care providers that conduct patient screenings for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), in support of the ACEs Aware initiative. 

ACEs and toxic stress are a root cause to some of the most harmful, persistent and expensive societal and health challenges facing the world today, and treating those patients can potentially impact a physician’s personal wellness and increase feelings of burnout.

CMA Wellness’ engagement groups will support providers by offering subject matter experts, best practices and an open forum to share experiences, facilitated by trained, volunteer physicians.

Each monthly webinar is organized around a prevailing theme with a stakeholder co-host to provide a variety of perspectives with a general discussion and breakout rooms. Registration is required

Full schedule (all times PT):

SESSION 1: Community Medicine with Jasmeet Bains, M.D.

  • Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SESSION 2: Consequences of ACEs and Resiliency Building with Resident Keenia Tappin, M.D., and Hailey Nelson, M.D.

  • Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


  • Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SESSION 4: The Impact of ACEs on the Life Course (Preconception and Beyond) with Diana E. Ramos, M.D.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SESSION 5: Urban and Rural Native American Communities and ACEs with Antoinette Martinez, M.D.

  • Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SESSION 6: Empowering Women Physicians Treating ACEs with Emily Shaw, M.D.

  • Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CMA and CMA Wellness. CMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. CMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Not currently screening patients for ACEs? CMA encourages all physicians, particularly Medi-Cal providers, to receive the free, two-hour training to learn how screening, risk assessment and evidence-based care can effectively intervene on toxic stress. Physicians may receive 2.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) and 2.0 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits upon completion - and can receive reimbursement for providing ACEs screening to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.



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