Many physicians choose to watch politics from the sidelines. We follow the news, discuss it in the doctor’s lounge and show up to the voting centers every other year. While this may have sufficed in the past, health care has become one of the most controversial topics in politics. Legislation is under way that will affect all aspects of the practice of medicine, including the quality of care we are able to provide to our patients.

This year I had the opportunity to participate in the ASA Legislative Affairs Research Elective. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)-approved rotation let me spend a month working in the ASA’s Washington, D.C. Advocacy Office. The experience was an amazing opportunity to integrate myself into the inner workings of the politics of medicine; I attended House and Senate committee hearings, sat in on...

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