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Become an Effective Advocate for Your Patients and Specialty

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Course Description

This program is worth up to 1.0 CME credits.

In the next decade, considerations of objective health outcomes and costs will force a critical redesign of how we deliver healthcare. This redesign will occur largely at the legislative level, and physicians must be positioned to advocate for their patients and themselves. Those who do not engage in the national discussion and evolve in response will not be an effective advocate for their patients or specialty. In recognition of this, this course will inform the neurologist about the concept of advocacy in the legislative process, highlight the importance of activity in the healthcare climate, teach the creation of an advocacy action plan, and highlight the advocacy resources and support provided by the American Academy of Neurology. We hope that the lessons from this course will provide the motivated neurologist with resources to better a better advocate for patients and the profession.

Up to 1.0 CME credit


Members: FREE $29.00*
Nonmembers: $49.00

*Free access is limited to one course at a time for eligible members.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this program the learner will:

Recognize the core skills necessary to effectively engage with the public policy system.

Identify the impact of public policy on neurology.

Core Competencies

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Date of Release

February 12, 2015

This module is eligible for CME credits for three years from the release date.

Confidentiality of Data

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Faculty & Disclosures

John D. Hixson MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
University of California San Francisco
*Dr. Hixson has received personal compensation for activities with Lumetra Healthcare Solutions.

Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Professor
University of Utah
*Dr. Johnson has nothing to disclose.

Editor, NeuroLearn

University of Utah Department of Neurology
Salt Lake City, Utah
*Dr. Smith has received personal compensation for activities with Allergan, Baxter Bioscience, Merz, Pfizer and NeurogesX as a consultant..

NeuroLearn Staff:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tracy King, MA, Associate Director, Education
*Ms. King has nothing to disclose.

Maureen Holtzman, Program Manager, Online Learning
*Ms. Holtzman has nothing to disclose.

Robert Rook, Program Manager, Digital Education Resources
*Mr. Rook has nothing to disclose.

Susan Rodmyre, Senior Director, Education
*Ms. Rodmyre has nothing to disclose.

Kurt Wiersma, Senior Manager, Web Development
*Mr. Wiersma has nothing to disclose.

*Relationship Disclosure

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