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From medical student to resident: What you need to know for the transition

Posted by June 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Written by Rebekah Apple, Physician Services and Support Manager at the American College of Physician Executives and co-editor of LeadDoc “You are entering a phase of your life in which many different things will occur . . . bad things that seem good at first and good things that seem bad at first.” ― Haruki […]

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Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director June 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Cross-posted from Ted Blog Rishi Manchanda answers questions about the new TED Book “The Upstream Doctors,” which looks at the environmental and social factors that play a big part in individual health.  We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly […]

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Doctors, Guns & Medical Gag Laws NPA Webinar June 25 at 9pm(E)

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

In 2011, Florida became the first state in the nation to enact an extreme new gun law – the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act – prohibiting doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership.  Despite the fact that the law was immediately challenged in court, several other states have attempted to enact similar policies to limit […]

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Leading the Way: Advocating for Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Written by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH. Yesterday marked 6 months since the tragic deaths in Newtown, an event that spurred many of us to action against gun violence.  In that time, many of you have spoken out about the need for improved gun safety laws and for research on how to address this […]

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Call for Applications for the NPA Board of Directors

Posted by Drew Hudson June 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

In August 2013, the National Physicians Alliance will select new leaders for the Board of Directors.  All interested members of the NPA are encouraged to apply.  4 elected and 2 appointed three-year positions for physician leaders are available on the Board of Directors this year.  Applicants must be contributing members of the NPA (physicians who […]

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House of Death

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Below is an excerpt from an article written by NPA member Dr. Anna Reisman.  It was originally published in the New York Times on June 1, 2013.  Link to the full article here. Death and dying had been my trade for the last four years, but that morning, I didn’t want to deal with it. […]

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Guns, Public Health, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director May 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Written by Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, NPA President The Consumer Products Safety Commission regulates flammability standards for mattresses, estimating that by doing so it saves 270 lives each year.  The CPSC also regulates hair dryers after observing 43 reported injuries over a 20 year period, requiring safety devices on hand held hair dryers to prevent […]

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Background checks for all but guns

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD May 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

An important reminder as interest remains to revive a bill to expand gun purchase background checks: Americans wanted expanded background checks to pass the Senate, and has been broadly favored by gun owners. We expect others working in potentially life-and-death situations to have proper background checks.  Why would we not expect the same from those […]

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How Drug Reps Size Up Doctors

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director May 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

By Sharam Ahari Shahram Ahari is a former sales representative for Eli Lilly who left the pharmaceutical industry to become a public health advocate.  He has since completed his MPH at UC Berkeley, become a researcher at UCSF School of Pharmacy, testified before Congress and the Supreme Court, and will be graduating from UC Davis […]

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A Letter from NPA President, Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH

Posted by May 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

As I prepared for NPA’s recent board meeting, I thought about the email I received from a pediatrician after the Newtown shootings. The email said simply, “I’ve had it.” That message not only represents the reaction of many NPA members (and many Americans) to the epidemic of gun violence. It also describes the moment for […]

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