Features  |   August 2019
The Future of Resident Advocacy Education
Author Affiliations
  • Paul B. Yost, M.D., FAAP, FASA
    Committee on Governmental Affairs
  • Crystal C. Wright, M.D., FASA
    Chair, ASA Committee on Governmental Affairs Task Force on Advocacy Education
Article Information
Education / CPD / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Features
Features   |   August 2019
The Future of Resident Advocacy Education
ASA Monitor 8 2019, Vol.83, 20-21.
ASA Monitor 8 2019, Vol.83, 20-21.
ASA continues to make robust strides in providing advocacy education for residents. An increasing number of academic institutions are beginning to understand the value and meaning of training residents to become health care advocates. ASA has a very successful Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs, or “Resident Scholar” program, that offers a chance for anesthesia residents to learn about and become proficient in the process of making laws, regulations and public policy that affect the practice of medicine and anesthesiology. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)-approved program provides an opportunity for five per year to spend a month working closely with the ASA advocacy team in Washington, D.C. During these advocacy rotations, residents gain a rich experience in learning about the role our law-making bodies play in the delivery of care their patients receive. The process provides residents a unique chance to gain insight into the process of introducing, debating and either passing or defeating bills. The residents of this program ultimately become content experts in at least one current hot topic, where they learn the nuances of presenting a topic to congressional leaders and other stakeholders. In addition to the information gleaned in advocacy, these Resident Scholars gain confidence in developing their communication skills and professionalism that the next generation of physician anesthesiologists will need to positively impact the practice of anesthesiology. The expected outcome of the program is to facilitate the development of a physician who can engage in the broader spectrum of practicing medicine as well as advocacy. As we look to the advancement of the practice of medicine, we will need to ensure that future physicians are equipped to be at the front lines of where change is occurring. We can accomplish these goals by ensuring that future physician anesthesiologists are trained, knowledgeable and competent in advocating for our patients and our specialty. Our future depends on it!
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