Resident Review  |   January 2013
Resolve to Become Involved in 2013!
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  • Nicole Weiss, M.D.
    Resident Component
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Education / CPD / Practice Management / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Resident Review
Resident Review   |   January 2013
Resolve to Become Involved in 2013!
ASA Monitor 01 2013, Vol.77, 44.
ASA Monitor 01 2013, Vol.77, 44.
As the incoming president of the ASA Resident Component, I want to thank you all for another great year. The resident component represents not only the future of patient care but also the future of research, political involvement and global outreach. I am excited for the new year and want to share some of the plans the governance committee has made.
Advocacy needs to continue to be a top priority. Awareness of ongoing health care reform and its impact on our patient quality of care is critical for the future of our specialty. From drug shortages to changes in reimbursement to potential changes in the role of midlevel providers, these issues affect not only our careers but our patients’ safety as well. Education of our members about these concerns is central to our mission. However, awareness must also be translated into action. Last year, the component had record-breaking participation in the ASA Political Action Committee (ASAPAC). I would particularly like to congratulate the 28 residency programs that had 100-percent involvement. We still have a long way to go. It is our goal to encourage every resident to become a member of ASAPAC. We also want to promote participation in the ASA Grassroots Network. The Grassroots Network helps constituents reach out to their elected officials when important legislation comes to a congressional vote. While our lobbyists can open the door on Capitol Hill, constituents carry the most weight with lawmakers. Residents may not have the financial resources to contribute large amounts to the PAC, but every resident has the capability of making a phone call or sending an email.
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