Features  |   July 2014
My Experience at a Physician Candidate Workshop
Author Affiliations
  • George Williams, II, M.D.
    Committee on Governmental Affairs
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Critical Care / Education / CPD / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   July 2014
My Experience at a Physician Candidate Workshop
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 26-27.
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 26-27.
The practice of medicine in general and anesthesiology in particular is greatly influenced by the political and regulatory environment of our great country. As cited in recent literature, there is a paucity of politically oriented education in medical schools across the country, and the same pattern holds true for anesthesiology residencies.1,2  This lack of advocacy training has been blamed for causing the significant number of political setbacks related to patient care issues in recent years. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) generally calls for advocacy education in residency programs, with this topic falling under the core competency of professionalism. The urgent need for increased advocacy education among physicians has recently been discussed in the literature. More resources devoted to residents currently in training is certainly the optimal way to ensure maximum participation in the political process on the part of physicians; however, this solution takes a long time to correct the educational deficit among practicing physicians. In order to provide a vehicle to allow for the successful engagement of practicing physicians in the political process, the American Medical Association (AMA) created two programs: the Candidate Workshop and Campaign School. This article discusses my experience as an attendee of the AMA candidate workshop last year.
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