Friends and Colleagues,

It happens too often -- healthcare policy/healthcare reform measures hammered out with too little input from physicians. It’s possible to read a front page story, or see a story leading the evening TV news about possible changes in medical insurance coverage, and find comments from public officials, patients, and business leaders but nothing from physicians, despite their being on the front lines of care. Doctors can provide valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of the nation’s healthcare machine. As one exasperated physician said, “Would you want to fly in a plane with no input from a pilot?” In today’s newsletter, we feature a UNLV School of Medicine student who’s preparing himself to participate convincingly in the public debate on healthcare.