A Dream Dies To Save a Life

On June 26, 2014, the National Basketball Association Draft will take place in Brooklyn, N.Y.  One of the top picks expected in the first round, Noah Vonleh, was a star player at New Hampton School (N.H.) from 2011 to 2013 and was my oldest son’s teammate before playing for the University of Indiana last year.

Who's Afraid of the Boogeyman?

Toothpaste grenades.  Bombs in iPads?  Exploding clothing!  How scared I am.  Not the typical Dr. Seuss rhyme we grew up reading.  U.S. officials announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23, that one of the reasons for the recent bombing on Islamic State (ISIS) and Khorasan Group member locations in Syria and Iraq was because of intelligence that indicated these groups had obtained materials for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that could be concealed in handheld devices such as smart phones and tablets as well as clothing dipped in explosive material.  These could then be used in coordinated, multiple “lone wolf” attacks.  See the story on CNN.

50 Years Ago Today

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

Fifty years ago today, nearly 250,000 people joined together in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, calling for human, civil and economic rights for African Americans.  This march has been heralded as one of the greatest political rallies in our nation’s history and is widely credited for helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (which has now recently come under attack).

Will Therapeutic Cannabis Be Part of Your Practice?

The New Hampshire House and Senate have crafted and passed a therapeutic cannabis bill that Gov. Maggie Hassan is poised to sign soon, and now we, the physicians of New Hampshire, must decide how to incorporate or not incorporate this into our practices.  New Hampshire's bill is unique, and, with input from NHMS, we helped make this the tightest therapeutic cannabis bill in the country by limiting its scope, eliminating the home-grow provision, establishing that there must be at least a three-month ongoing relationship with a physician or nurse practitioner and limiting patient possession to no more than 2 ounces.  

You Don't Have to Be a Player to Be a Coach - You Have to Be Present

The disenchanted practice of medicine is often found to encompass those who have been at it for many years.  Then there are the newbies, not yet out of medical school, encountering the dynamics of clinical rotations, but eyes and ears wide open to get a clearer understanding of how to select a residency training program to best suit their lifelong careers in medicine.  Now, more than ever, the voices of mentors and far less senior clinicians are having greater impact on the future career decisions of medical school grads and early retirement of others.  There is mounting intolerance to corporate directives, second to the short-sighted corporate decisions made on their behalf by administrators.  It is far more challenging and uncertain as to how to plan for the future.  One cannot just go with what one’s heart and inherent talents lead one to, but rather how to hopefully align with the future state of health care.  

18 Wheels Are Safer Than 4?

For physicians who see patients for commercial driver certifications, May 21, 2014, is going to be an important day for you.  Beginning that day, patients who need to have a commercial driver examination and license will need to be seen by a Certified Medical Examiner (CME) who is registered and certified through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  See the FMCSA regulations.

"Physician, Heal Thyself"

On a cold and crisp December day, hundreds of friends, family and colleagues, myself included, crowded into the small church to pay their last respects to one of the great physicians of our generation.  As I waited in line, looking at the multitude of floral arrangements, awards, photos and letters from an outstanding medical career, I wondered how many doctors take care of their patients better than they take care of their own health.

Your Vote Counts in N.H.!

If you are not going to be able to get to the polls for the Sept. 9, 2014 State Primary election, please apply for an absentee ballot: State Election.

 

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Victim of IRS Tax Scam?

If you are a victim of IRS tax fraud  -- someone else filed your taxes fraudulently -- you need to re-file your taxes on paper and include an Identity Theft tax form 14039.

Below please find a link to the IRS web pages that discuss identity theft.  This page links to brochures about identity theft and the next steps to take if someone is a victim of this type of fraud. 

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection

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