“A new advocacy organization is launching today to give “every physician” a voice in decisions that affect their professional lives. But this group doesn’t intend to use the top-down approach to decision making seen in many medical societies. Paul Teirstein, MD, chief of cardiology for Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, and founder of the new organization United Physicians, told Medscape Medical News it is a nonprofit group that will operate through online participation. He said the intention is to use online voting and discussions among physicians across specialties to advocate for more and better legislation on pressing issues for their profession and, as noted on the group’s website, “protect the physician-patient relationship.”

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