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The Importance of Advocacy
Anyone who paid any attention to the recent political debates over health care reform knows that the world we live in as physicians, and specifically anesthesiologists, is strongly affected by the political process. That is perhaps more true for our vocation than any other. It is important that, even as residents, we are involved in the political process because now more than ever is a time of epic change in the medical and political system.The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is one of the best medical specialty societies at engaging the system and working for your future. As part of their Engage 2010 campaign, the ASA and the ASA Political Action Committee has targeted three specific topics of import to anesthesiologists. They are outlined below.
How can you be part of the solution, notwithstanding 80-hour work weeks, hours of studying in your non-existent free time, making time for family and that little luxury we used to know back in college called “sleep?”
One last point to remember: we must involve ourselves in the political process, because if you’re not at the table, you are usually on the menu.