In many circles, the word pediatrician is synonymous with "advocate for children." This role has placed many practitioners squarely opposed to federal mandates in an effort to protect those who cannot protect themselves. As well, this role has often led some to feel like the "Rodney Dangerfields of medicine," as was once quoted in a recent article. Yet, it is our duty as pediatricians to act on the behaff of all children in an effort to secure the best future possible for our country and our civilization. Serving as guardians of America's most valuable and irreplaceable resource we must be politically acitve not only out of a sense of necessity, but also out of a sense of duty.
After reviewing this issue of Pediatric Annals, the practitioner should: J ) have a better appreciation of the roles he or she can play in political advocacy, 2) understand the use of the media toward this end, and 3) be better prepared to interact with the government on all levels to influence legislation involving children.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. Pediatricians are relatively powerless to influence legislation and regulations that affect mothers and children.
2. Does the media want pediatricians to participate in conveying health-related messages to public/other influential bodies?
3. Since comprehensive health-care reform legislation did not pass during the 1 03rd Congress, there is little reason to be involved with federal legislation and federal agencies during the next few years.
4. Individual health-care workers cannot influence the complex system of health reform.
Answers to the Pretest:
1.B 2.A 3.B 4.B