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Health advocacy training: Why are physicians withholding life-saving care?
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PMID:  21070115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The societal responsibility of physicians to be health advocates, both at the population and patient level is necessary to positively influence public health and policy. Physicians must commit to learn about policy reform and the legislative process. Several regulatory physician organizations emphasize the importance of health. In addition, the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Medical Schools Objectives Project, the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination objectives and several Canadian medical schools outline advocacy as an objective. As a result, several US medical schools have designed and incorporated health advocacy into their curricula. Canadian medical schools, however, have been lagging behind. To address this deficiency, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary hosted the 1st Annual Alberta Political Action Day (PAD) to engage medical students in advocacy and the policy making process. The two-day time requirement of PAD makes it an efficient model to incorporate health advocacy into the already demanding undergraduate medical curriculum. Canadian medical schools must follow the American example and further integrate initiatives such as PAD to teach health advocacy. The skills developed will enhance student's comprehension of how they can shape health policy and truly advocate for optimal patient care.
Peter J Gill; Harbir S Gill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Alberta , Canada.
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