Does the idea of becoming an advocate excite you as much as someday becoming a doctor? For med students, advocacy work can be more than just fighting for a cause. It can also help you feed your passion while bringing change to the modern healthcare industry.
Advocacy helps you find ways to better serve your patients, as well as the physicians around you.
Keep reading to learn more…
What Is Grassroots Advocacy All About?
A true advocate demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity. Both are used to channel your ambitions for the cause into something that’s actually impactful.
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University second-year student Matthew J. Christensen says:
“To me the idea of grassroots advocacy is following up your words with action and making an impact on the community around you. Walking the walk.”
When asked his thoughts on grassroots advocacy, Christensen said:
“Anyone can share an article on social media or be an armchair politician, but grassroots advocacy is about making a deliberate and tangible effort to truly do something.”.
Popular Advocacy Causes for Medical Students
If you’re thinking about becoming an advocate for a specific cause, be sure it piques your own personal or professional interests. This helps drives passion, making you beneficial to the causes.
Some popular causes med students take part in:
- Drug Pricing
- Drug Shortages
- Student Burnout
- Gender Equality in Medical Specialties
- Medical Student Loan Repayment Programs
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine second-year student Drayton Harvey says:
“We have had a lot of success in forming a social justice coalition on campus to utilize everyone’s expertise in various issues, from gun control to LGBTQ protections, to lead larger advocacy events with broader reach in terms of audience and resources.”
Video: Successful Med School Relationships
Love & Medical School:
Check out this cool video. It profiles couples who have successfully stayed together with one or both of them in medical school. This video was uploaded to YouTube by Jenne Le, an advocate for a balanced life for the med school student.
What types of advocacy programs and causes do you recommend for medical students?
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