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Psychiatry Residents and Child/Adolescent Fellows turn out on Opening Day at the State Legislature to Advocate for Patients and Care
Pictured: An opening day demonstration at the Legislature’s opening day at the State Capitol included one concerning the status of Mauna Kea. Photos by Dr. Goebert.
On January 15, 2020, the doctors currently training as psychiatry residents and child/adolescent psychiatric fellows at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) spent a few hours at the Opening Day of the 2020 Hawaii State Legislature.
Physician advocacy has gained increasing recognition as a core component of medical professionalism. Under the milestone competencies, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires residency programs to include advocacy training as a component of residency training. Patient advocacy focuses on improving the situation for an individual while systems advocacy works to improve the system to the benefit of most individuals and frequently involves policy changes. This can be at the organizational, regulatory or legislative level.
This year, the psychiatry residency program prioritized learning more about how policy works and ways to educate the legislature about the scope of our work. The University of Hawaii JABSOM Department of Psychiatry is the State’s leading academic unit in mental health treatment, education/training and research.