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Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
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Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond
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  • 1. Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond Sourav Sengupta, MD, MPH Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
  • 2. Agenda
    • What is advocacy?
    • Why is advocacy important for psychiatrists?
    • What were YOUR thoughts about engaging in mental health advocacy?
    • Workshop Logistics
  • 3. Access Insurance Stigma Workforce Patient Care Policy Funding Families Communities
  • 4. What can we do ? How do we address these issues?
    • Nothing
    • Something
    • Devote your life to the cause
    • Educate community groups and legislators about bullying.
    • Partner with community coalition to decrease drug ODs.
    • Lobby Congress for loan repayment programs.
    • Sit on County Advisory Board developing housing policy for homeless.
    • Write a letter to the editor warning of MH state budget cuts.
    • ANY of the above.
  • 5. What do you mean, advocacy ?
    • Educate, support, recommend, push, preach, speak, argue, plead, influence… SPEAK UP!
    • Clinical care is advocacy.
    • So are community, system, social interventions! – Community
    • – Governmental
    • – Media
    • You are clinical experts! We need to develop advocacy expertise!
  • 6. Why am I here?
    • Advocacy works!
    • It gets easier with practice!
    • What about those “head against the wall” moments when we feel out of control, helpless?
    • Everybody’s doing it…
    • Oh, yea… ACGME, ORT requirement
  • 7. Can Advocacy Help w/ Burnout?
    • Burnout = tired, stressed, helpless, only partially related to workload
    • Reconnect (or remain connected) with our passion for psychiatry
    • Empower ourselves to act (however small or stepwise) on things that make us feel helpless
    • Is that worth some time and energy?
  • 8. Advocacy Isn’t Just for Bleeding Hearts…
    • $$$
    • Scope of practice
    • Professional standing in community
    • Networking
  • 9. Keep informed…
    • Mental health news in popular media
    • Professional, government, support org news emails and newsletters
    • News Alerts emails
    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
    • Blogs
    • Committee, Task Force Conf. Calls, Minutes
  • 10. Get Involved…
    • Join your professional org
    • Join a committee
    • Find a niche! Be the go-to gal/guy!
    • Work on projects , not positions
    • Develop leadership/ownership
    • Network, network, network!
  • 11. Know your limits…
    • Limit your hard time obligations
    • Focused, time-limited effort
    • Consider before committing! “That sounds really interesting… Let me get back to you…”
    • If comfortable, involve family & friends!
    • Involve colleagues and trainees!
    • Utilize professional org support staff
    • Remember – team efforts!
  • 12. Thank you!
    • Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
    • -Margaret Meade
    • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    • -Harry S Truman

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