Resident Review  |   June 2014
The Importance of Advocacy
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Resident Review   |   June 2014
The Importance of Advocacy
ASA Monitor 06 2014, Vol.78, 62-63.
ASA Monitor 06 2014, Vol.78, 62-63.
The opportunity for me to express my passion about advocacy was provided by the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists when I submitted the following composition to the William H. King Advocacy Award, as seen below in an abbreviated form. I am grateful for the leadership and guidance that has been provided to me by my state society in advocating for and protecting the future of anesthesiology. I hope that we may continue to pursue passionately the health of our specialty through the interaction with, and education of, our peers, public officials and patients.
For a citizen, the success of a democracy depends not only upon participation by ballot in electoral races, but perhaps more importantly upon the education and continued communication with one’s elected officials. This communicative relationship, which is the bedrock of political advocacy, is required for the longevity of a government and its people. As physicians, we bear an even greater responsibility of representation in the dynamic interaction between medicine and the government. Our patients, to which we dedicate our lives, minds and energy, cut across all jurisdictions and party lines as a population. And as any one citizen holds the potential to be the patient of any anesthesiologist, our obligation to represent his or her best interest is a continual responsibility that we should and must provide. We must advocate on behalf of those we serve, and we must advocate to the government that, in turn, serves us.
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