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Register Now – UAPD Annual Meeting and Free CME

August 29, 2017

The UAPD Annual Meeting and Free CME will be held on Saturday, October 28th at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott (5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles) (MAP).  All UAPD members are invited to attend. 

For each of the events listed below, you can register online here.  Most UAPD members are responsible for their own transportation and hotel costs to attend the meetings.  UAPD will provide members with passes to cover parking at the hotel. 

Saturday, October 28

  • 1 pm to 2  pm – UAPD Annual Meeting.  UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey will lead a meeting of all UAPD members.  Find out what’s going on in every sector of UAPD.
  • 2 pm to 4 pm – Washington, State of California, County, CSU/UC, Retiree, and Private Practice Breakout Sessions.  Meet with other UAPD members and staff from your own sector to discuss common issues.
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Register Now — Statewide Meetings in San Francisco

August 22, 2016

As you are making your plans for the fall, consider joining UAPD members at our annual meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  All events will take place at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.

Steward Training:  Those who are stewards or bargaining team members are encouraged to attend a Steward Training that begins Saturday October 15th at 8 am.  The training is intended for both new and experienced leaders. We’ll talk about your contract, how to investigate possible grievances, and what to do when one of your colleagues faces discipline.  UAPD pays travel and Friday night hotel costs for stewards and bargaining team members who attend this training.

Statewide Membership Meetings:  Membership meetings begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 15th.  Separate meetings will be held for each sector of the union (State, County/Clinic, UC/CSU, Retiree, Private Practice), followed by a brief meeting of the whole group.

Free CME/CE:  At 11 am on Saturday, we’ll hold the next installment in our CME/CE series, entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care.” California is home to some cutting edge medical and dental research. People are crunching trillions of pieces of health-related data and coming up with effective new treatments for patients. Entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care,” our CME will bring together leaders in the field, many of whom live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download the CME/CE flyer here.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.


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Register for the Free CME and Organizing Training

April 1, 2015

UAPD’s 2015 Free CME and Organizing Training will take place Saturday, May 2nd at the San Francisco Airport Westin.  You can register online here.

Here’s what we have to offer!

Free 4-Credit CME/CE:  All are encouraged to attend “The Legislature in Public Health,” a free educational activity held Saturday morning at 8:30 am.  Controversial issues like immunization, the right to die, and marijuana regulation will go before the State Legislature this session, and in this course we will examine the bills from the point of view of health care providers.  Speakers include State Senator Richard Pan, M.D., among others.

Lunch:  Here’s a chance to break bread with fellow UAPD members from every sector.  Guest speakers will be announced soon.

Organizing Training:  UAPD is part of a nationwide campaign to increase union membership.  The best organizers are current union members who are willing to talk to their colleagues about the importance of supporting the union.  This training, which runs from 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, will give you the tools you need to do that effectively.  No experience necessary – all are welcome to participate!

Most UAPD members are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs for attending the meeting.  UAPD covers the travel and hotel costs of Board Members, and of stewards and bargaining team members who attend the organizing training on Saturday afternoon.    If you need a hotel room reserved at the special UAPD rate, please be sure to register before April 10th. You can register online here.

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AFSCME Family Scholarship Program

November 26, 2014

Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors, which will be renewed for a maximum of four years.  Children of UAPD members are welcome to apply.  Applications must be post-marked by December 31, 2014.  More details and and the application can be found online.

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Photos from the Annual Meeting Available Online

November 13, 2014

UAPD held its annual statewide membership meeting in Sacramento on October 25th.  Click here to see photos.  In addition to the meeting, there was a productive board meeting the evening before, a fascinating ethics CME Saturday morning, and a steward training in the afternoon. The Sanford A. Marcus Service Award and a proclamation from the City of San Francisco were presented to Dr. Deborah Brown, a City and County of San Francisco physician and UAPD Executive Board Member.  As Dr. Bussey wrote in a recent UAPD Pulse, “One of the most important outcomes of the weekend was the initiation of our strategic planning committee. Over the next few months we will incorporate our UAPD business plan into a broader strategic action plan. Every successful organization needs self assessment and concrete goals, and UAPD is no exception. Our union memories of past growth and accomplishment must be balanced with vision and direction for future success.”

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UAPD Sponsors Contentious CME on Malpractice

April 28, 2014

On April 26th, more than 100 UAPD members were in attendance to watch well-known plaintiff’s attorney Bruce Fagel, M.D., J.D. square off against the California Medical Association President Richard Thorp, M.D. and others during the UAPD-sponsored CME/CE entitled “Malpractice and MICRA Reform:  What Every Doctor Must Know.”  Dr. Fagel presented his evidence in favor of raising the cap on non-economic damages set by MICRA in 1973, while Dr. Thorp argued that doing so would have many deleterious consequences on the practice of medicine.  Attorneys Erin Muellenberg and David J. Weiss presented an overview of the current malpractice climate for physicians and dentists, respectively, and offered dozens of best practices which can help doctors avoid litigation.  Attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions, and to offer their own analyses of how the legal context of medicine affects care.

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Legal Consultation Fund for UAPD Members

February 19, 2014

Any UAPD member who has received a formal written notice of suspension, termination, or limitation of medical staff privileges can apply to receive up to $1000 per case and per year to pay for legal consultation. The fund will be used to pay for attorneys who have been approved by UAPD to provide this service. UAPD will continue its practice of offering non-lawyer representation at the initial stages of disciplinary proceedings.

To determine if they are eligible to receive funds under this policy, the member must apply to a three person screening committee appointed by the UAPD President. The decisions of this Committee shall be final. Other restrictions apply– please contact the Oakland office at 510-839-0193 for details and to submit an application to the screening committee.

Hundreds of Discounts for UAPD Members

November 6, 2013

Through our affiliation with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, UAPD can offer its members discounts on hundreds of products and services through the Union Plus program.  Union Plus offers union members special deals on mortgages, cell phone service, car rentals, computer purchases, amusement park tickets, flower delivery, and much more.

A full list of deals, with information on how to obtain them, can be found on the Union Plus website.

To obtain these discounts, UAPD members should identify themselves as members of AFSCME Local 206.

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Come to the Annual Meeting and Free CME

August 1, 2013

All UAPD members are invited to the 2013 Annual Meeting and Free CME on October 26th in San Francisco.   Not a member?  Join UAPD today.

Register for CME and the Annual Meeting here.

This year’s meeting promises to be both productive and entertaining.  Some highlights are:

Special Guest Congressman Ami Bera, M.D.:  Congressman Bera, a doctor and UAPD member, represents California’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He will be making a special trip to San Francisco to speak to UAPD members on Saturday, October 26th.

Free CME:  From 8:30 am until 1 pm on Saturday October 26th, the UAPD Continuing Education Program continues with a free, four (4) credit CE/CME entitled “Countdown to Obamacare.”   Speakers will include Mitchell H. Katz, M.D., Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.  We’ll also hear from health policy expert Beth Capell, Ph.D. and Ron Zodkevitch, M.D., who has practiced adult, child, and forensic psychiatry in private practice and clinical settings for more than twenty-five years.  Please see the enclosed flyer for more details.  A box lunch will be served.  Download CME Flyer Here.

Statewide Membership Meetings:  On Saturday from 1 pm – 4:30 pm, members can attend one of our five statewide membership meetings.  For the first time, California State University (CSU) doctors will be joined at their meeting by doctors from the University of California Student Health Services, who are currently organizing with UAPD.  In addition, there will be membership meetings for State-employed, County- and Clinic- employed, Private Practice/IPA, and Retired doctors.  Agendas for the meetings will be developed over the coming weeks.

UAPD pays the transportation expenses and Friday night hotel costs for all current Union Stewards, Bargaining Team Members, and Board Members who attend the meeting.  The UAPD Oakland office must make all travel and lodging arrangements.  Stewards, Bargaining Team Members, and Board Members can provide their travel and lodging preferences when they register online.

Union Doctor Vacancies

July 31, 2013

Thinking about changing jobs?  Know someone who might be interested in working as a physician, dentist, or psychiatrist in a UAPD represented facility?  Many agencies are recruiting doctors, and UAPD can help those who are applying for these jobs.  Check out job listings here. 

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