This week, the Florida Medical Association published my article, The Power of Physician Advocacy. It is an excerpt from my latest book in which I share some of my story as an outspoken advocate for patients, high standards of medical care, patient safety, and physicians.
Medicine is increasingly complex, and physicians need more support than ever. To that end, I continue to write, advocate, travel, and speak to all who invite me to give a voice to both patients and physicians around the country. As in my book, I bring an inspiring message of hope that is informed by 25 years in medicine as a physician leader who is also a coach for physicians.
With the recent publication of Recapturing Joy in Medicine, I’ve been thrilled to see the book serve as a bridge between patients and their physicians. I keep hearing stories of patients who have read it cover to cover and then give it to their physicians as a gift. So heartwarming, and a wonderful and unexpected blessing.
I am blessed to serve at the state and national level in various ways and I am so grateful, in particular, to three organizations (FMA, FAFP, and AAFP) for so many opportunities to make a meaningful difference for our profession and for our patients. The patient-physician relationship remains the most rewarding aspect of practicing medicine for most physicians, according to the latest survey by The Physicians Foundation. My article on the power of physician advocacy is one more way to encourage and empower my colleagues to speak up for our needs, the needs of our teams, and our patients. This requires that we work together and nurture meaningful relationships with one another, that we may have more courage, wisdom, and discernment to fulfill our crucial role as advocates!
Photo credit: FMA Magazine, Sep 2019. Quote by Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD.