Letter to the Editor  |   April 2016
Do We Abdicate Advocacy Teaching Responsibilities When Working for a Public Institution?
Author Affiliations
  • Evan G. Pivalizza, M.D.
    University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Texas
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Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   April 2016
Do We Abdicate Advocacy Teaching Responsibilities When Working for a Public Institution?
ASA Monitor 04 2016, Vol.80, 60.
ASA Monitor 04 2016, Vol.80, 60.
We read the December “Administrative Update” titled “Walking the Line”1  with great interest, as we share many if not all of the frustrations, arbitrary constraints and limitations imposed on academic anesthesiologists by their state or public institutions. As succinctly summarized by Dr. Harter, we are instructed to educate, inform and train the next generation of physician anesthesiologists in numerous mandates from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME’s) requirements for anesthesiology residency programs.2  This is in agreement with a recent plea from Canadian colleagues for mandatory training in advocacy in Canadian medical school curricula in didactic teaching and development of new competencies,3  which we endorsed in supportive correspondence.4 
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