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If there was ever a time to get involved in organized medicine, it is now
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Miles Raizada MD, MBA
Young Physician, TCEP Board of Directors

If there was ever a time to get involved in organized medicine, it is now. Polls and news articles report that the top issue for a lot of Americans is healthcare. There have been numerous attempts to change healthcare and new ideas of how to expand/finance it as well. The system is fraught with complication as there are many players that include government, insurances, hospitals, physicians, and more. The field is rapidly being changed and reimbursement policies, scope of practice, tort reform are always being challenged.

Think of this article as a call to get involved! We have worked hard through college, medical school, and residency. We have jumped through the hoops only to come out the other end being told that your field is under attack. This is the stuff they don’t teach you in medical school or residency. There is value to what we do and if you want to protect it, you must get involved.

Becoming a leader, allows you to be a voice for Emergency Medicine Physicians. Joining TCEP/ACEP allows you the opportunity to talk to politicians, join committees, and see how changes are truly made. It is not as you would imagine (at least it wasn’t for me). The process is long, full of debate, but at the end; a vote is made, and change is enacted.

For me, my involvement came by the encouragement of my faculty during residency. I completed the Texas Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship (TLAF) and knew I wanted to do more. Currently, I am the Young Physician Member to the Texas Board of Directors. The Board dedicates their own time to protect you and fight for you at every stop. They watch for changes being made by insurance companies, they sit on the board of several associations to ensure EM physicians are being represented. The true strength of the impact comes from the numbers of people they have sharing their stories and experiences. One or even a few can’t possibly do everything as there are too many groups, committees, and organizations that exist. The more people there are, the more powerful we can be.

Our job allows us to be impactful at some big moments in patient’s lives. At the end of the day, what we do is truly a privilege. Getting involved in leadership and advocacy will give you the power to help shape our field and our future.

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