West Virginia State Medical Association Proposes 2009 Legislative Policies (News: Legislative)

West Virginia State Medical Association Proposes 2009 Legislative Policies (News: Legislative)

Each year the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) shares with the Legislature and the Administration our legislative policies. These policies are designed to be an educational tool for legislators and for our members to use when talking with lawmakers about policy concerns. These policies are developed over months of discussion by the WVSMA Legislative […]

The Physician As Public Health Officer (News: Bureau for Public Health)

The Physician As Public Health Officer (News: Bureau for Public Health)

The majority of the Public Health Officers (PHOs) in West Virginia are in private practice, ranging from family medicine, to pediatrics, and to surgery. Some have had formal training in public health; others have not. Only two are fulltime PHOs. Yet, there are some fundamental commonalities. As physicians, all are trained in taking histories, completing […]

Facts and Principles Learned at the 31st Annual Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease (Conference News)

Facts and Principles Learned at the 31st Annual Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease (Conference News)

The December 2003 conference on heart disease in Williamsburg, Virginia, was the 31st such conference to be held in that city and has been directed by one of us (WCR) since it began in 1972. The conference usually attracts about 200 enrollees, most of whom are repeat attendees. The conference provides 19.75 hours of continuing […]

Health System Reform and Its Impact on West Virginia (Special NEWS)

Health System Reform and Its Impact on West Virginia (Special NEWS)

President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law on March 23, 2010. This law is being proclaimed by many to be the most significant health reform legislation passed by congress in generations. The monumental bill is expected to bring down health care costs for American families and small […]

Conference Summary: A Celebration of a Century of Neonatal Care (Conference News)

Conference Summary: A Celebration of a Century of Neonatal Care (Conference News)

In conjunction with the centennial celebration at Baylor University Medical Center in October 2003, the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor sponsored a daylong symposium in neonatology for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Attendees filled the auditorium almost to capacity as speakers from Baylor and around the nation shared a variety of perspectives on the […]

Transforming Pathology: Ingredients for Change--the View from a Chef's Husband (Conference News)

Transforming Pathology: Ingredients for Change–the View from a Chef’s Husband (Conference News)

My job is to open up and introduce this exciting conference. My wife is a microbiologist and a chef and now has a cooking school in Charlotte called, “The Perfect Dish.” We did not realize in the Internet age that was not necessarily a great name to set up as a Web site, so we […]