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Training Physicians in Advocacy

Why It Matters

Aksel, Sarp MD; Evans, Megan L. MD, MPH; Gellhaus, Thomas M. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002335
Contents: Current Commentary

At a time in our country's history when state and federal legislative regulations on medical practice and access to services are at an all-time high, effective physician advocacy in women's health is crucial to the evolution of our profession and the provision of quality and equitable patient care. Inclusion of specific advocacy training programs in residency and beyond should be considered a priority. Ensuring a unified set of goals for advocacy training is important to training the next generation of competent and skilled physician advocates for leadership in academia and professional organizations. Sharing of initiatives and efforts to integrate advocacy into the training continuum across our community may inspire broader acceptance and implementation of such programs.

Training obstetrician–gynecologists as effective advocates is crucial to maintaining quality patient care and supporting our profession and should be a priority in medical education.

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, Iowa.

Corresponding author: Sarp Aksel, MD, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461; email:

Financial Disclosure Drs Aksel and Evans are board members of Physicians for Reproductive Health. The other author did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

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