Sharfstein JM. Notes on the Presidential Transition. JAMA Forum Archive. Published online November 16, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2016.0049
After a difficult and divisive campaign, the election of Donald Trump and Michael Pence has stunned many in the fields of medicine and public health who had hoped for a different outcome. Eight years ago, I was part of the transition after the election of President Barack Obama. Our excitement about what was now possible for the country was tempered with a recognition that others saw matters quite differently. This experience informs several thoughts about the current transition.
First, the incoming administration should reach out to understand the issues and concerns of those with whom it may disagree politically and to find areas of common ground.
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Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and Professor of the Practice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously served as Secretary of...