Message from AAPS President, Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, MD

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If you want a say in the way politics impacts your practice and your professional livelihood, the AAPS represent the best investment in time and money you can make.

Right now doctors are under attack from many different fronts. Our freedoms and liberties are being whittled away and restrictions are being put upon doctors from those outside of medicine as we struggle to care for our patients. Now is the time to put control of medicine back in the hands of patients and their physicians.

These outside entities not only influence your medical decision making, they attempt to justify their behavior with false moralities under names like: Patient Privacy, Practice Improvement Module, Meaningful Use, Quality Improvement Initiative, Best Practice, Peer Review, Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of License. AAPS is the only organization that calls out oppression and abuse and stands by doctors on important issues like these.

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Keeping up with a busy medical practice, fighting for scraps from insurance companies, dreading the next Medicare cuts, you may feel you have no time to defend your profession from the constant assaults of those who would control you. There is only one professional organization that still represents the independent physician, we’ve been defending doctors since 1943, AAPS. Join us today, and let us fight together.

I have been a member since I started private practice. The AAPS helped me start my private fee-for-service practice in 2001 and has let me lead the type of life I want to lead and has allowed me to always put the patient first without any dependency on insurance companies nor the government.

My goal as president is to increase our influence amongst our decision leaders and for AAPS to be known as the true voice of physicians; to gain more traction in the medical schools so our young people know they have a choice in how they practice; and to thwart the outside influences that get between the patient and the doctor and try to destroy this sacred relationship. As president, I will work to keep that spark alight and fan the fire of freedom.

Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, MD
AAPS President 2012-2013

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