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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 

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.


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

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.


August 29, 2018
Originally published in the Republican-Herald

Put Patients First

by: Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO

After 10 years in practice as an osteopathic physician, not a day goes by when I am not reminded of why I chose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine. First, there’s my DNA: My father and sister are both doctors of osteopathic medicine (as is my wife), so clearly, there is a larger force at work here. Second, it is the time that I spend getting to know my patients and their families. When I say that I am “seeing” patients, I mean it. I am seeing real people.


July 19, 2018
Orignially published on The Delaware County Daily Times

Daily Times Op-Ed
Another View: Harrisburg & Your Health

by: Mark A. Monaco, DO

I knew from a fairly young age that I wanted to be a doctor, but it wasn’t until I was a college student when one visit to an osteopathic physician was enough to convince me that osteopathic medicine would be my future.

Now, after close to 30 years in practice, I have learned through my hands-on experience that the osteopathic approach can make a critical difference for patients.

Osteopathic physicians are taught to treat the whole patient, not just one symptom. We think holistically and focus on how all the organs and the body’s many systems work together. We get to know our patients’ families and in many instances, provide care for entire families for an entire generation.

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