EM1905D "Physician Advocacy: Influencing our Future" (IM GR-050319)

Physician advocacy is crucial for the advancement of health care in this country. The purpose of this talk will provide a framework by which physicians may work within to advocate for better care for their patients and resources for the profession. Professional organizations call on physicians to participate in active discourse related to our area of expertise, healthcare. The talk will review current trends in teaching health policy in the United States and opportunities for physicians to engage in learning about health policy and how to advocate.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe advocacy definitions pertaining to physicians
  • Describe the role Professional Organizations play in Physician Advocacy
  • Describe Health Policy issues faced by physicians today
  • Describe current trends in teaching health policy to medical students and residents
  • Describe leadership opportunities for physicians to become involved in advocacy
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Elizabeth Solow, M.D.Blair Solow, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatic Diseases

Blair Solow grew up in Senatobia, Mississippi, completed her BA in Biology at the University of Kansas, and her medical degree at UT Houston Health Science Center. Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship followed at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011. In addition to managing her patients at the West Campus Building, she precepts at Parkland Rheumatology clinic and inpatient consults. Clinical research activities include site-PI for a PCORI funded trial on GIST brain training and patient understanding of complex prescription information as well as the NIH funded StopRA trial, to prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Blair has been a member of the American College of Rheumatology Government Affairs Committee and now volunteers for the ACR Committee on Rheumatologic Care.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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