Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond


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Incorporating Advocacy into Residency and Beyond

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