About the Program


Our Vision

The Joy of Medicine is a program of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS). The Joy of Medicine will relieve physician pain and help to reclaim the joy of practicing medicine through education, advocacy and program services designed to nurture individual well-being and collegiality and to promote systems-wide changes.

Advisory Group

The advisory group includes medical group leaders and physician wellness champions from over six medical groups (including: The Permanente Medical Group, Sutter Medical Group, Sutter Independent Physicians, UC Davis Medical Group, Mercy Medical Group and Woodland Medical Group) as well as physicians in private practice. The Advisory Group meets every other month to share best practices and to advise SSVMS in the creation and sustainability of the Joy of Medicine program. To learn more about the advisory group, contact Lindsay Coate, Director of Programs, at lcoate@ssvms.org.

Joy of Medicine Partners

SSVMS depends on our partners to help guide and fund the Joy of Medicine Program so that it is available to all physicians in the Sacramento Region. Thank you to all of our healthcare and corporate partners for making this program possible.


The Joy of Medicine is a program of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS). Serving over 5000 physicians in Sacramento, El Dorado and Yolo Counties, SSVMS is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community. Learn more about how we advocate on behalf of physicians and their patients at ssvms.org