“It is up to us,” writes Doc Chip

Guest Post from Dr. Chip Smutny

Folks,

Physician history has been to turn away from that which we don’t like and leave it alone. That brought us to where we are today.

That has to change now if we are to survive.

The way the government works in 2015 is by money first, period. We need to address that as a group. We might call this government now a Democratic Republic run by lobbyists, not voters. Continue reading

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Situation Normal: AOA toes government line leaves out opposition

Dr. Chip writes:

SO, AOA shows us the government line and entirely leaves out the opposition. Situation normal.

Without taking a side please look at the details of the other view which is in fact looking at the risk versus benefit issues that physicians have to look into, discuss intelligently and then resolve with patient input as to what they, the patients, are planning, from which to risk in order to take benefit.

This is the physician in the trenches issue that government, MOC, MOL, OCC, FSMB, ABIM and IOM continues to ignore.

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Enough is Enough: AOA and IOM vs. Osteopathic Education

AOA quote:

The A​merican Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, applauds members of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME) for their work on the comprehensive report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets The Nation’s Health Needs. Specific acknowledgment goes out to Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Vice President for Health Science and Medical Affairs, New York Institute of Technology, for representing the osteopathic medical profession.

Let me get this straight, the woman (Barbara Ross-Lee, DO) that single handedly took apart three osteopathic institutions and removed nearly all of the Osteopathic components of education that made them osteopathic at all including the faculty and the curriculum is being applauded for her leadership and representation of the Osteopathic community at the IOM? Regardless of the accolades, laurels and academic achievement she may have achieved, she does not represent me or Osteopathy in any way that has real meaning.

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ACGME merger: AOA policies are striping my ability to do what I do

Dr. Chip writes:

Words cannot express my feelings on this. Actions can, however.

We have strived to evolve a discussion and develop an intelligent alternative solution set including compromise where possible except when Patients Come First is suggested to become a second place item.

In the absence of any commitment to actually begin this process, the membership and the unrepresented majority must take action.

This will be couched by the incumbents as a direct attempt at revolution or mutiny to those who are in the organization and revolution or terrorism to those outside it.

That will be their charges against anyone fighting them.

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