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The Need for a Dermatology Shelf Exam

July 16, 2020 by richard-walker

With so many educational milestones having disappeared because of Covid-19, program directors need to find new ways to differentiate between candidates. BRI alumni, Dr. Aamir Hussein, has a possible solution for dermatology resident applicants – the Dermatology Shelf Exam. Read more about this need, as talked about in The Dermatologist HERE.

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David Balat is the director of the Right on Healthcare initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and founder of the patient-physician coalition, Free2Care. He has broad experience across the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former congressional candidate in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District and a seasoned hospital executive with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience. Watch Now!

Balat has earned the privilege of being invited to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform in Washington, D.C., and before various House committees in the Texas state Legislature. He is a published op-ed columnist in The Hill, , and other news outlets and an active speaker and commentator on matters of health policy. He speaks at national conferences and advises on healthcare policy to both state and federal lawmakers.

Balat often volunteers to help families navigate their bills and how to understand their benefits. He serves as a board member for a nonprofit focused on educating legislators and the community about important matters pertaining to healthcare freedom.

Balat is a first generation American and the first in his family to graduate from college. He received his B.S. from the University of Houston and joint master’s degrees in business administration and hospital administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

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Dr. Bernard is a Family Physician and board member of Physicians for Patient Protection, a grassroots organization of physicians and medical students that advocates for physician-led care and truth and transparency in health care professions. She is the author of “How to Be a Rock Star Doctor: The Complete Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Life and Your Profession” and “Physician Wellness: The Rock Star Doctor’s Guide. Change Your Thinking, Improve Your Life.” Dr. Bernard also writes a regular blog for Medical Economics and is a frequent contributor to KevinMD and other health publications. Watch Now!

Dr. Bernard received her medical degree from the University of Miami and completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Following residency, Dr. Bernard served for six years at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Immokalee, Florida as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She then worked for a large out-patient hospital group for five years before opening her own practice, which she converted to a Direct Primary Care practice “Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care” in July 2016.

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Dr. Marion Mass graduated from Medical School at Duke University. She completed internship and residency at Northwestern University’s Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Mass has worked in the Philadelphia area as a pediatrician for 21 years. Missed the episode –  Watch Now!

She is the co-founder of Practicing Physicians of America, and serves on Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership board.
Dr. Mass serves on Bucks County Courier Times, Doylestown Intel, editorial Board. She is a Pennsylvania Medical Society delegate and a board member of Restoring American Communities Safely.

Dr. Mass is married to a surgeon. They have 3 children, now teens and early 20’s.

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BRI Alumni, Dr. Aamir Hussein, (who did take a 5th to get an MPP) talks to Road to Rank about how taking a fifth year in medical school might strengthen residency applications. Every current medical student should check this out.

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Could the most damaging of the Covid-19 pandemic be the routine medical care of patients by their doctors. BRI Board Chair Sally Pipes thinks so…WATCH NOW!

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