Political Advocacy - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 16

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

This week, we are welcoming back onto the mini-Podcast Dr. Todd Swenning, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California, and Medical Director for the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences. This week, Dr. Swenning will talk to us about political advocacy, specifically about the importance of becoming more involved in the decision-making process on behalf of our patients, medicine itself, healthcare and surgeons.

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How does he suggest we become more involved? By doing the following:

  • Start by reading about advocacy topics

  • Write a letter on a topic that you're passionate about

  • Next, go to an event with a politician, or a local event or fundraiser, and just get involved

Most importantly, make it part of your routine and practice, and share it with others to see how it grows!

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Todd Swenning, he is actively involved in policy making and advocacy with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dedication to education has resulted in his teaching principles of trauma management and patient advocacy both nationally and internationally.  Research projects in both fracture and trauma management have laid the foundation for his passion for trauma and fracture prevention and preparedness.

Political Advocacy is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.