ASA continues to make robust strides in providing advocacy education for residents. An increasing number of academic institutions are beginning to understand the value and meaning of training residents to become health care advocates. ASA has a very successful Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs, or “Resident Scholar” program, that offers a chance for anesthesia residents to learn about and become proficient in the process of making laws, regulations and public policy that affect the practice of medicine and anesthesiology. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)-approved program provides an opportunity for five per year to spend a month working closely with the ASA advocacy team in Washington, D.C. During these advocacy rotations, residents gain a rich experience in learning about the role our law-making bodies play in the delivery of care their patients receive. The process provides residents...

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