A Year in Review
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Well, this is it! My last monthly article as my Presidential term comes to an end.
I can tell you that it has been an incredibly difficult and rewarding year. I’m happy that I did it, however, I am also glad that it is only a one-year term.
In Honor of Las Vegas' Doctors
Before I moved to Las Vegas, I never met a politician. I actually never met anyone even running for office. I had gone from UCLA to medical school, to residency and then Fellowship without ever going to any event to help elect anyone for office. About two or three years after I moved to Las Vegas, I got a message that there was a congressman that wanted to talk to me (for purposes of this article, we will call every politician male so I can try and keep some anonymity). I called him back with excitement—I had never talked to anyone in Congress before.
Working through the steps.
Over the past few years, I have been incredibly fortunate enough to receive a few honors and awards. I received the annual Philanthropic Award from Planned Parenthood, awarded the “Healthcare Hero” Award from Las Vegas HEALS and the Person of the Year Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Then, I was fortunate enough to get to become President of the Clark County Medical Society, which was a very proud moment in my life. To be honest, I am fairly vain and every time I receive a plaque or an award, I hang it on my office wall. My medical partner makes fun of me asking me when I plan to hang my Junior Varsity wrestling letter on my wall. So, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, the award that I accepted on behalf of the physicians of the Clark County Medical Society in January for the heroic actions of October 1st, is, by far, the most honored that I have ever been in my life.
Working Together on AB 474
For this month’s article I would like to focus on the state of healthcare for our inpatients and how difficult it is to practice medicine in the hospital.
Well, it is finally here. AB 474 and all of its components are now the law of the land. If you are a physician that does not to have to prescribe scheduled medications, you can consider yourself lucky. It is rare to see physicians from every specialty and subspecialty united in something, however, it seems that every physician that I know is united in the fact that they do not like this law. Obviously, there are physicians that over-prescribe opioids, however, the other 99 percent of physicians are now forced to understand all the aspects of this law before they write a prescription, or their license could be revoked.