has been POSTPONED to

September 7-10 , 2022

San Diego, CA


After much consideration, the Western States Committee has postponed the Western States Meeting until September 7-10, 2022. The surge of the Omicron variant and the recent difficulties with airline travel were major factors in the decision, plus California has imposed an indoor mask mandate until February 15. We would like you to come back in September and enjoy the beautiful weather in San Diego and hear our speakers. You registration fees will be refunded. Stay tuned for more information about the conference. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Put the date on  your calendars now – hope to see you in September.



Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM PST
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM PST

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The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California
1055 2nd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

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Nancy Schneider
California Medical Association Alliance


Dr. Gerald Harmon, President American Medical Association

Dr. Harmon is a family medicine specialist and the 176th president of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association.  Dr. Harmon serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina’s medical schools and is a member of the clinical faculty for the Tidelands Health Family Medicine residency program.  

Before his retirement from the military as a major general, Dr. Harmon served the nation in the Air Force Reserve, on Active Duty, and in the Air National Guard.  

Dr. Harmon's remarks will be virtual.


Chuck E. Day, President & CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

San Diego's Ronald McDonald House provides a "home away from home" for families with children in crisis.  Chuck assumed leadership in December 2010.  He has a wealth of experience in non-profit fundraising, development, and leadership.


Nancy L. Sasaki, CEO & President United Way of San Diego County

Nancy is an experienced transformational leader and manager committed to affecting change for marginalized populations. She excels at stakeholder engagement, fostering collaborative efforts with organizations, community leaders, staff, donors and volunteers.


Barkley Payne, Executive Director American Medical Association Foundation

Barkley has extensive experience in healthcare philanthropy given his leadership roles at several national association foundations. He joined the AMA’s senior management team in 2014. 


Aileen Wetzel, Sierra Sacramento Medical Society 

Aileen is the CEO of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS), which represents over 6,000 physicians in the Sacramento region. Aileen is also the CEO and Executive Director of the Medical Society’s affiliated organizations and community programs.  


Dr. Richard Pan,  Senator   California District 6  

Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator, and State Senator proudly representing Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County.  

Dr. Pan chairs the Senate Committee on Health. Among many others, Dr. Pan also serves on the Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response.


Heather Rifkin, President   American Medical Association Alliance

Heather is a pharmacist who has found a way to marry her professional work with her passion for service and promoting healthy communities.  For over 15 years, her volunteer work at the local, state and national levels has prepared her for her current role as President of the AMA Alliance for 2021-2022.  She will give an update from the AMA Alliance and share how the alliance can positively impact your life.


Ana Melgoza, VP External Affairs   San Ysidro Health


Ana is Vice President of External Affairs for San Ysidro Health (SYHealth).  Ms. Melgoza  is committed to SYHealth’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities  served with access for all.  As part of the Executive Team, Ms. Melgoza oversees government relations/advocacy, public/private/non-profit partnerships, private fund development, outreach, social media, media relations and corporate communications.


Dr. Akilah Weber, California Assemblymember District 79

Dr. Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and she is the founder and past director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Weber was elected April 2021 to represent California's 79th Assembly District.


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Meeting Registration NOW OPEN

Early Bird Registration:  Now - November 30, 2021-  $199

Regular Registration:  December 1 - January 15, 2022-  $225

Late Registration:  January 16 - January 31, 2022-  $275

*This conference is open to Alliance Members and Alliance Eligible Members only.  Non-Alliance Eligible Members may attend the luncheon with Dr. Gerald Harmon for the $125 Saturday day rate.  



Saturday Physician Day Registration: Closes January 31, 2022

*This conference is open to Alliance Members and Alliance Eligible Members only.  Non-Alliance Eligible Members may attend the luncheon with Dr. Gerald Harmon for the $125 Saturday day rate.  


We have added an option for your physician spouse to participate on Saturday, February 12, 2022.  For a $125.00 add-on fee, your physician spouse will be able to join us for a wonderful lunch and hear Key Note address by AMA President, Dr. Gerald Harmon.


Bienvenue to San Diego's most elegant hotel landmark, where French elegance and warm San Diego friendliness set the scene for treasured memories and unique experiences.  

Welcome to your home away from home, a uniquely palatial sanctuary on the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Designed to meet the highest standards of European hospitality, each of our generously sized rooms bask in floor-to-ceiling views of downtown San Diego and beyond. Think: luxe décor and all the character-filled charm that comes from a respected heritage. Indulge, savor and relax and enjoy the comfort of your own expansive abode.

 Hotel Room Rate $189/night! *

*Book through this link and $20 access/resort fee waived.  

Book Your Hotel Room HERE

Meeting Room Rates Are Good Through January 31, 2022.

Phone Reservatons:  If you prefer to phone in your reservation, you may call the Reservation Center at 619-557-3628 or 800-522-1564.  The name of the group is listed as "Western States Group Conference."

Cancellation and Non-Meeting Room Penalty:  We have worked so hard to secure an outstanding price for your hotel rooms for this conference.  Due to our room block commitment, Meeting Attendees staying at another Property will be assessed a $100 surcharge, which will be added to their conference registration fee.  Thank you for your understanding in helping us provide the best conference experience for all.  Conference Registration will be non-refundable after February 1, 2022.  Any conference registration cancellations prior to that date will be on a pro-rated refund basis.  For further questions, contact the Conference Chair.

 Tentative Schedule:

Thursday- Feb. 10th:

3:00 PM  Registration Opens

5:00 PM Vom Fass- Oils, Vinegars, Spirits, Wines Tasting

7:00 PM Dinner on Your Own


Friday- Feb. 11th

8:30 AM    Breakfast

9:00  AM   Conference Opens- Nancy Schneider

 9:30 AM Dr. Robert Wailes 

10:00 AM Chuck Day & Nancy Sasaki

11:00 AM Barkley Payne

12:00 PM Hosted Lunch- Updates from AHEI and Physician Family

1:30 PM    Aileen Wetzel + Panel

3:00 PM   Meeting Day 1 Ends

6:00 PM   Filippi's Dinner

8:30 PM   Dessert Reception Presidential Suite


Saturday- Feb. 12th

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Heather Rifkin

9:30 AM    Western Regional Representative- AMAA Nominating Discussion- Debbi Ricks

*10:00 - 12:00 CME Course

10:00 AM   Ana Melgoza

11:00 AM Dr. Richard Pan

12:00 PM  Hosted Lunch with Key Note Speaker Dr. Gerald Harmon

2:00 PM Dr. Akilah Weber

3:15 PM    Auction Winners Announced*

3:30 PM Day 2 Ends

4:00 PM   Trinitas Cellars Wine Tasting- Presidential Suite

6:30 PM Old Town Mexican Cafe 

*  The Western States Alliances will conduct an auction during the conference with proceeds to fund scholarships for medical student spouses or resident spouses to attend future Western Regional Meetings.


Sunday- Feb. 13th

8:30 AM    Coffee Mix and Mingle

9:00 AM    Successful Engagement in a Digital Age:  Membership, Events and Communications- Panel

10:30 AM   Closing Session

 11:00 AM  End Of Meeting

11:30 AM   Late Hotel Check-out

11:30 AM   Brunch Options


We have several dining events that you can sign up for during the conference.  Choose these event options during Registration!


Thursday (Feb. 10);  5:00 PM- VomFass.  Wine, spirits and olive oil tasting on Coronado Island.

Friday (Feb. 11):  4:00 PM- Trinitas Cellars Wine Tasting (Presidential Suite)

Friday (Feb. 11):  6:00 PM- Dinner at Filippi's

Friday (Feb. 11):  8:30 PM- Dessert in Presidential Suite at Westgate Hotel

Saturday (Feb. 12): 6:30 PM- Old Town Mexican Cafe Dinner

Sunday (Feb. 13):  11:30 AM- Famous Sunday Brunch at the Westgate Hotel- No Host


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