PNHP Leadership Training Institute

PNHP's 2013 Leadership Training Institute will take place Friday, November 1, 2013 in Boston. Registration for the Leadership Training portion of the meeting (Friday, Nov. 1) is at capacity. Please contact to be placed on the wait list.

2013 PNHP Leadership Training

Seaport Boston Hotel
1 Seaport Lane
  Boston, MA 02210

Tentative Agenda: Friday, November 1, 2013

Leadership Training participants also attend the PNHP Annual Meeting on Saturday to complete the program. Please have lunch before you arrive; dinner is included in the program.

General Session

12:00 p.m. – Registration opens

1:00 p.m. (Seaport Ballroom, mezzanine level)
Welcome and introductions
- Gordon Schiff, M.D., past president, PNHP, and Boston PNHP chapter

1:15 p.m. (Seaport Ballroom)
An evidence-based grand rounds on health policy and single-payer national health insurance
- Andrew Coates, M.D., president, PNHP
- Oli Fein, M.D., past president, PNHP

2:00 p.m. – Q&A

2:30 p.m. – Break


3:00 p.m. - Workshops (all on mezzanine level)

1. How to give a talk
- Claudia Fegan, M.D., past president, PNHP

2. PNHP’s proposal on quality improvement
- Gordon Schiff, M.D., past president, PNHP

3. Health care systems in other industrialized countries
- Karen Palmer, M.P.H., M.S., board adviser, PNHP

4. The truth about the drug companies and big Pharma
- Donald Light, Ph.D., professor, Rowan University; fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University; visiting researcher, Princeton University

5. The economics of health care reform
- Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., co-founder, PNHP
- David Himmelstein, M.D., co-founder, PNHP

4:00 p.m. - Break

4:15 p.m. - Workshops repeated

5:15 p.m. - Break


6:00 p.m. (Room: Lighthouse I, plaza level)
Becoming a leader for single payer in your community
- Arthur Sutherland, M.D., Memphis
- Susan Rogers, M.D., Chicago
- James Mitchiner, M.D., M.P.H., Ann Arbor

Roundtable discussion: what will you do when you get home?
Mock debates (optional)

The PNHP Leadership Training Institute is an intensive "crash course" in health policy and the case for national health insurance for physicians. The program is designed to give physician activists the expertise they need to become effective advocates for single-payer and leaders in the movement for national health insurance.

The faculty of nationally known researchers, teachers and leaders present data making the case for national health insurance and answer the "tough questions" of opponents. Small group and plenary sessions provide the opportunity for in-depth discussion of the material and extensive personal attention.

Most participants are physicians; a select few non-physician allied health professionals and students also participate. Program topics include "Debating Conservatives on Health Policy," "Health Care Quality and Malpractice," and "Myths and Realities about the Canadian Health System."

At the end of this course participants will be able to

1. Use the PNHP slide show in a Grand Rounds or other medical conference with confidence.

2. Answer the "tough questions" on reform -- what about rationing, government bureaucracy, and technology? - using the latest medical and health services research.

3. Describe how other countries provide universal coverage and why single-payer is the best option for reform based on decades of international experience and the unique features of the US health system.

4. Write an effective op-ed or other mass media article for publication.

5. Identify strategies to advance the health care debate in your community using available resources.

6. Overcome inertia and find your "niche" in the health care debate -- the place to use your interests and talents most effectively.

7. Identify experts on various aspects of reform (quality, pharmaceuticals, costs, etc) who are resources to the movement.

8. Describe the powerful groups leading opposition to reform and the relationship between congress, the insurance and drug companies, and the "government-industry revolving door."

9. Place the current push for reform -- and opposition to it - in historical context since 1904.

10. Respond to the "myths" about reform with the "facts."

11. Start (or re-vitalize) a chapter of PNHP.

12. Work effectively with grassroots advocates for reform.

And much, much more!

Note: All participants are requested to submit a CV or bio and photograph (head shot only) for us to keep on file for our speakers' bureau. Please send these separately to PNHP, 29 E. Madison, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60602.