How many of us lament what is happening to organized medicine and our practices, declining reimbursement, the state of medicine in general, and the apparent apathy and antipathy of many of our younger colleagues, both in training and in practice, to all that is going on around us.
How do we encourage and educate young physicians to become involved with organized medicine and our lobbying efforts at the state and federal level? Having been politically active since 1984 in the state of Pennsylvania to combat multiple successive optometric therapeutic drug bills and active at the federal level as a congressional advocate, I can state unequivocally that it is not only necessary but also interesting, fun, and exciting. There is nothing so thrilling as walking the halls of Congress meeting with congressmen and senators and advocating for ophthalmology.
Berkowitz PJ. Resident Physician Mentoring Program: A Program Long Overdue. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(12):1800-1801. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.12.1800