Advocacy and the physician in training moving forward from March Meeting 2013?

Discussions at international conferences and reports by eminent organisations such as the Royal College of Physicians UK have also highlighted the ever evolving awareness of the need for physicians to be equipped with advocacy skills. Yet standard medical school education in no way prepares future physicians for this role.

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The theme of the IFMSA General Assembly in March 2013, “Advocacy and the Physician in training,” acknowledged that advocacy and medicine are inseparably intertwined. Discussions at international conferences such as the “World Health Summit” and reports by eminent organisations such as the Royal College of Physicians UK have also highlighted the ever evolving awareness of the need for physicians to be equipped with advocacy skills. Yet standard medical school education in no way prepares future physicians for this role.

Physicians as advocates is not a new concept. Historically, physicians were known to be those that advocated on behalf of their patients, their communities and stood up for those without a voice. In a climate where social determinants of health are increasingly considered, the advocating physician is required to engage politically, to debate policy and to battle for funding. Currently, to ensure that you are prepared for this role requires…

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Medico specialista in Igiene e Medicina Preventiva, PhD in Sanità Pubblica presso l’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Roma. Attualmente opera presso la Direzione Strategica dell'Agenzia di Tutela della Salute di Brescia ed è membro del Comitato Direttivo del Centro di Ricerca e Studi sulla Leadership in Medicina dell'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Dal 2014 riveste la carica di Vice Presidente Vicario della Società Italiana di leadership e Management in Medicina – SIMM (www.medici-manager.it).

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