Physician Advocacy Boot Camp: Beyond the Emergency Department

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


This workshop may be added to your SAEM19 registration!



With access to all regardless of time of day or ability to pay, the emergency department is a key component of the social safety net. As a result, emergency physicians are at the forefront of rising health epidemics — from the increasing rate of opioid overdoses to caring for victims of interpersonal violence — and are uniquely positioned to not only advocate for individual patients, but also for policies that improve the health and well-being of patients and the broader medical community. Despite this unique role, few emergency physicians receive formalized training in how to approach advocacy. Using interactive didactics and examples of current policy issues, this session will provide participants with concrete skills they can use for advocacy, including leveraging social media, writing op-eds, talking to the media, writing expert testimony, working with government and public health officials, and participating in local politics. The session is designed to educate providers at all levels and varying degrees of engagement, from trainees to experienced clinicians. At the completion of this session, participants will leave with tangible skills they can use for patient advocacy.


Harrison Alter, MD, MS - Highland Hospital-Alameda Health System
Esther Choo, MD, MPH - Oregon Health & Science University
Jahan Fahimi, MD, MPH - University of California San Francisco
Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc - UCSF ZSFG
Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM - City of Detroit Health Department
Maria Raven, MD, MPH - University of California San Francisco
Elizabeth Samuels, MD, MPH, MHS - Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS - Brown University, Alpert Medical School


1:00 PM - 1:20 PM     Welcome: What is Advocacy?

1:20 PM - 2:05 PM     Advocating with Social Media

2:05 PM - 2:15 PM     Writing Op-Ed: The Why and The How

2:15 PM - 2;25 PM     Break

2:25 PM - 2:55 PM     Talking to the Media

2:55 PM - 3:40 PM     Developing Expert Testimony

3:40 PM - 4:15 PM     Advocating Through Professional Societies

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM     Working In and With Government and Public Health Officials

Physician Advocacy