Perspective - Preventing firearm violence: Can anything really be done?

By Jerome M. Itzkoff, MD on Jan 6, 2019 2:28:00 PM

One of the benefits of a medical education is an indoctrination into the art of critical thinking. Physicians are chronically subjected to information overload comprised of past and present patient histories, new and old clinical and basic science research, psychosocial factors that relate to patient care, and governmental and institutional rules and regulations. We are besieged by an ever-expanding and increasingly complex volume of data that we must organize and effectively synthesize and manage to maintain our professional competence. We regularly re-educate and re-certify ourselves toward this end. We integrate evidence-based data and evidence-directed guidelines that inform and influence the critical thinking that enables us to render optimal medical care.

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Opioid update: New federal law and physician subpoenas for records and depositions

By Danielle Dietrich, Esq. on Jan 4, 2019 2:11:09 PM

On Oct. 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and  Communities Act, also known as the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6).1 According to the White House, this Act “addresses the opioid crisis by reducing access to and the supply of opioids and by expanding access to prevention, treatment and recovery services.”2

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December 2018 Bulletin Available

By Allegheny County Medical Society on Jan 4, 2019 8:50:06 AM

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Editorial ................................438
‘Shades of Gray’
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

Editorial ................................440
Mentoring
Richard H. Daffner, MD, FACR

Perspective ......................... 442
Preventing firearm violence: Can anything really be done?
Jerome M. Itzkoff, MD

Perspective ......................... 444
Approaching the question of wellness in residency
Michael Barkowski, DO, MA

Departments
Society News ...................... 446
• Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society
• Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division
• ACMS announces publication of history of medicine book
Community Notes ............... 449
Editorial Index .................... 464
Advertising Index ............... 466

Articles
Feature .................................450
2018 ACMSF award winners
Christina E. Morton

Materia Medica .................... 456
Doravirine (Pifeltro®) for the treatment of HIV-1 in antiretroviral naive patients
Briana N. Schreckengost
Corynn E. Ozenghar
Alexis C. Treaster

Legal Report ....................... 460
Opioid update: New federal law and physician subpoenas for records and depositions
Danielle Dietrich, Esq.
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Why do we call it ‘healthcare?’

By Robert Cicco, MD on Nov 21, 2018 2:37:00 PM

I’ve often wondered how we have come to call what we have in our country the American “healthcare” system. Within that system, we have large “healthcare” institutions, “healthcare” providers and patients or employers buying “healthcare” insurance. Yet, most of the work done by these entities doesn’t have much to do with keeping people in good health. Oh, we certainly do a great job at restoring health to those who are ill.

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November 2018 Bulletin

By Meagan Sable on Nov 20, 2018 4:09:44 PM

Opinion


President’s Message........... 394
Why do we call it ‘healthcare?’
Robert C. Cicco, MD

Editorial ................................396
The secret is kindness
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

Perspective ......................... 400
Suicide and hastening death in terminally ill patients
Keith Lagnese, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC

Perspective ......................... 402
A century of modern influenza: 1918 to 2018
Bryan Stevens, MD

Perspective ......................... 404
The voice of the people and Medicare coverage
Thomas James III, MD, FACP, FAAP

Perspective ......................... 406
It’s time for Allegheny County physicians to embrace harm reduction
Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM

Perspective ......................... 408
Hospital Within a Hospital: How to achieve value-based care
Anthony M. DiGioia III, MD
Molly H. O’Brien
Angela D. DeVanney

Topics: Bulletin
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2018 ACMS Bulletin Photo Contest Winners

By Meagan Sable on Nov 19, 2018 10:02:00 AM

The first-place winner of the 2018 ACMS Bulletin Photo Contest is Frederick Doerfler Jr., MD, for his photo “Full Moon at Disko Bay, Greenland.” His photo will appear on the January 2019 cover of the Bulletin. Congratulations,  Dr. Doerfler!Fullmoon at Disko Bay, Greenland
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Mandatory Opioid Training – Know the Requirements

By William H. Maruca, Esquire on Oct 25, 2018 2:46:13 PM

 

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October 2018 Bulletin Available

By Allegheny County Medical Society on Oct 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Medical Editor.......................362
National News Journal Club and the Triple Test
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

Editorial ..............................364
Let's Ask
Charles Horton, MD

Perspective ........................ 366
No Swan Song in Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
Andrew Pogozel, MD

Perspective ........................ 368
Doctor, My Antidepressant Stopped Working
Marc E. Garfinkel, MD, DLFAPA, DLFAACAP

Perspective ........................ 370
Introversion: Not a Weakness, but a Strength
Wendy Palastro, MD

Topics: Bulletin
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Pittsburgh and the Polio Vaccine

By Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, MD, Phd on Sep 27, 2018 12:40:00 PM

“MMR causes autism.” “Gardasil makes girls promiscuous.” Today’s highly publicized debates about vaccines are often compared (unfavorably) to the heyday of vaccine development in the mid-twentieth century, when smallpox was eradicated and schoolchildren lined up by the millions to be protected against polio. At a time when presidential candidates are asked about their stance on vaccines and when famous comedians make internet videos about how their benefits outweigh their risks, it may be mete to recall that those campaigns were no less political or fraught with uncertainty.

Topics: Bulletin History
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Genomic Tests Results in Major Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment

By Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD on Sep 25, 2018 12:40:00 PM

As a practicing medical oncologist with a specialty in breast cancer for the past 22 years, I have been fortunate to see substantial advances in treatment. A majority of women are now diagnosed with early stage disease, and five-year survivals without recurrence for women with estrogen receptor positive stage I and II breast cancer now exceed 85-90%. The question I now deal with is not: “Will I survive this,” but rather, “What will it take to get me there?”

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