Michigan State Medical Society will add gun violence to continuing medical education

Thanks to the efforts of Andy Zweifler, M.D., Cheryl Farmer, M.D., and the members of the Washtenaw County Medical Society delegation, the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates passed a PPGV initiated resolution on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  This resolution supports Continuing Medical Education presentations on gun violence prevention.  The resolution said in part:

RESOLVED: That MSMS encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state, and local continuing medical education programs; and be it furtherRESOLVED: That MSMS ask the AMA to encourage inclusion of presentations about the prevention of gun violence in national, state and local continuing medical education programs.

The Continuing Education Committee agreed with the general premise and intent of the resolution, namely that physicians currently are looking for more education about how to discuss gun violence with their patients in order to provide them with education and safety, and that gun violence falls into the same social/medical realms as obesity and other social determinants of health.

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