Today’s series of inane images:
|Last week I had the opportunity to attend the American College of Physicians [ACP] Leadership Day on Capitol Hill.|
|Since it was my first visit to Washington D.C., I made sure to visit the National Mall. We started with the U.S. Capitol Building since it was right down the street from our hotel.|
|Sadly the Washington Monument is closed to visitors due to a past earthquake.|
|The Lincoln Memorial was well worth the long trek across the National Mall.|
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the American College of Physicians [ACP] Leadership Day on Capitol Hill with two of my classmates, a Wayne State medical student, a Beaumont resident physician and three other ACP fellows practicing in Michigan [including one of our lecturers and the governor of the ACP Michigan Chapter, Dr. Carl Lauter]. Because I am not too well-versed in the area of legislation, I thought that this would be an optimal opportunity to catch myself up.
Basically we spent an entire day learning about the ACP Key Priorities which were:
- Eliminate Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate [SGR] and Transition to Better Payment SYstems
- Ensure Full Funding for Essential Health Programs [e.g. National Health Service Corps, National Institutes of Health (NIH), etc]
- Enact Meaningful Medical Liability Reforms; Authorize and Fund a National Pilot of No-Fault Health Courts
- Fully Fund Graduate Medical Education; Re-align the Program with the National’s Workforce Needs
Anyway, I’m not an extremely politically-oriented individual, but I thought that the experience was a wonderful way to learn about current health policy [and a perfect excuse to explore the D.C. area with my wonderful classmates!].