When I learned about National Physicians Alliance in 2009, I was thrilled. Although I was already a member of my specialty organizations, I had not found an organization that fully embraced my (and NPA's) vision of medicine. Other organizations may have included some these elements in their definitions, but I had not seen another organization focus so precisely on these areas:
- Ensuring safe, accessible, affordable healthcare for all.
- Focusing on integrity and trust in medicine, and avoiding and eliminating conflicts of interest in medicine (including interactions with medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies).
- Emphasizing evidence-based medicine and good stewardship of our patients' and our nations' resources.
- Encourage civic engagement as part of medical practice.
I believe that there is a role for trade groups (specialty organizations) in medicine. However, my membership in NPA speaks to a different set of interests and beliefs: it is more expansive and more inclusive, and more energizing. I am proud to be on the organization's Board of Directors.
I hope you will join me in supporting NPA. Physicians: please consider becoming a supporting member of NPA. Everyone else: please consider making a tax-deductible organization to support this organization's great work.