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U.P. -The Road Trip turns North – 500 miles North.

September 30th, 2015 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The PPGV-MSU tour pulled into Marquette on 9/24 for a talk on 9/25. Dr. Bill Wadland and I ate and slept and then met Bill Short, MD, CEO and Community Associate Dean of MSU for Northern Michigan for breakfast the next morning. It was a fine start!
Everyone seems to love Marquette- and why not? It’s the “Paris of the UP” and is very pretty with rolling hills overlooking the bay on beautiful Lake Superior. At noon we spoke after chatting with students, residents and staff of the MSU site. It was another fine encounter with good observations about gun issues. Dr. Wadland’s cases are provocative and very good for the discussion. Our new mission statement “PPGV- Michigan Physicians; Educated and Empowered to Advocate for Gun Violence Prevention” gained power from this grand rounds.
PPGV added another 18 physicians and students including Bill Wadland, Bill Short, Stuart Johnson, DO, the Program Director and Ryan Brang MD another faculty member. They will be our northern satellite and this is a good start in the U.P. Dr. William Wadland and I are thinking of how we can empower each part of the group. His background as Professor and Chair of Family Medicine includes excellent clinical, research and writing skills. Bill serves as the Assistant Editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He’s already created this MSU tour for us. PPGV is “on the move” with Dr. Wadland’s help!

PPGV Road Trip Begins

September 22nd, 2015 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Homecoming-Hurley Hospital Style
Bill Wadland, Jim Peggs and I went to Hurley on 9/17/15 and had a warm reception! I hadn’t been there
for over 5 decades. When I was a UM med student I tried to go to Flint and other outlying sites for rotations whenever I could. I loved Hurley and spent several months there. They treated you so well! I was a junior doctor there in contrast to being a “peon” at the U. It was great!
Now, it was great to be back. Dr. Ghassan “Gus” Bachuwa and his staff made us welcome. And the residents and guests joined us in a lively discussion on gun violence. Almost 20 new members of PPGV signed on with us. Some shared stories. A provocative one concerned a new doctor from Hurley who began practice in a nearby small town and asked about guns with his patients. Soon, a couple of men came and sat him down and told him that he shouldn’t do that in this town. Wow! What do you do then?
In the meantime we are keeping our eye on SB 0442 that allows concealed carry gun permit holders to bring guns into schools, clinics, bars, places of worship, etc. This bill is trouble!
And next we visit Marquette this week and Traverse City next- a road adventure for sure!

Last night 9/15/15 was a presentation to the Washtenaw County Medical Society by Drs. Lewis, Peggs, Walden and Zweifler on “Gun Violence and Firearm Safety: the Physician’s Role.” It was stimulating! There was a lively discussion by the 45 or so attending. Points were made about guns not being “child proof” if they were not “adult proof” – a gun safe is an initial purchase before a gun. Guns could be stored in a pawn shop while someone was recovering from mental illness. Most voted to remove guns while a depressed family member got well. And when confronted with an armed patient in the office you can call law officers for trespass or engage in why he brought it. Handle it carefully to prevent accidental discharge. Discharge is also quite possible when re-holstering a gun. Many ideas to ponder.
We had lots of favorable comments and 6 or 7 new members signed on. The dinner and evening were both fine- WCMS was most hospitable!
Next, the MSU gun violence prevention tour begins on 9/17 at Hurley in Flint. Drs. Peggs, Walden and MSU’s Bill Wadland will present there and follow later in the month at Marquette and Traverse City.
The storm-SB 0442 if passed will allow those who apply for a concealed carry permit to take their gun into schools if they request. You, our members, recently affirmed your opposition to guns in schools in a question to you. PPGV and WCMS will oppose this bill. A child is 50 times more likely to get killed outside school than inside. Schools are quite safe and should be as gun free as possible.