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There is always something happening at the POMA. Discover what is going on within the organization and with our members. 


 

Andrea Weir Named Student DO of the Year

The DO Council at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Andrea Weir, DO class of 2021, Student DO of the Year (SDOY). She will now be considered for the National SDOY Award by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), along with entrants from other osteopathic schools across the country.

SDOY candidates at PCOM are nominated by a committee of faculty, administration, and their peers, based on myriad criteria including: a dedication to leadership, community service, the profession, professionalism and embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.

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Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now” Week

Under the leadership of Governor Wolf, the efforts in Pennsylvania to address this epidemic have been widespread, and have brought about change on the local, regional and state levels. These efforts have taken place across numerous agencies, and also through the Opioid Command Center, established through the Governor’s disaster declaration.

On December 10-14th, the state is holding “Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now” week. This week is aimed at helping to reduce the stigma around this crisis, to get people the lifesaving medication naloxone, and make sure people know help is available.

We need your help in this effort. Please share far and wide within your organization and community that the Wolf Administration will provide Naloxone for free to all Pennsylvanians at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. Information on all the locations is included in the official press release here.

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Guns and Older Adults: The Physician's Role

Katherine Galluzzi, DOIlene Warner-Maron, PhD, RN

Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic AssociationDecember 2018, Vol. 118, 775-780. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.169
In 2016, the American Medical Association1 declared that gun violence is a public health crisis and called for repeal of the 1996 Dickey Amendment, which specified “that none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”2 Despite concerted efforts by the Obama administration to dismantle the rule, the 2015 omnibus spending bill passed with the Dickey Amendment intact. 
The 2018 omnibus spending bill passed with the following language inserted: “The Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated that the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”3 This language was misinterpreted by some as a repeal of the original Dickey amendment. However, although the new language removes the tacit constraint, researchers note that it does not actually allocate funding for such research.4 
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September 21, 2018

BPOA Licensure Updates

POMA received notice this week that physicians who have renewed their license are beginning to receive confirmation to this effect and that the online verification reflects the correct status of the license.  However, due to the high volume of renewals, there is a delay in the printing of the licenses.  Please be patient as the state processes the printed licenses

POMA continues to work with the State Board and BPOA to address issues that arise with the application and renewal process. They have provided us with a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may help you as you are working on your renewal.

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September 5, 2018
Originally published in the Allentown Morning Call.

Op-Ed
Pa. lawmakers should reject proposals to change nurse practitioner requirements

by: Sally Ann Rex, DO

As a family physician with close to 50 years in practice, I am writing to alert your readers about proposed legislation in Harrisburg that I believe could put Pennsylvania’s patients in jeopardy.

Several bills have been introduced in Harrisburg that would essentially provide a shortcut for thousands of nurses and physician assistants by allowing them to work as physicians — without the education or training required.

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