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“Nowadays, even scientific fact has been politicized. Even though many of us may wish to stay out of politics and stick to our “nobler” lane of medicine, the reality is even your clinical practice could be considered “picking a side.” Do the right thing. If you’re up for it, advocate for what is right too — for your patients, colleagues, yourself, your family, or this country. You are the face of the future, and your MD/DO/MBBS makes you more qualified to shape it than the many voices using their platform to broadcast untruths.
If your program has a union, I highly encourage you to join it because your union will fight for fair working conditions, and strength lies in solidarity. The benefits you’ll receive from joining a union will far exceed the cost of dues. If you’re considering forming a union or becoming a union leader, that’s even better.
Regardless of your path, activism is becoming a part of medicine, and we cannot remain neutral.
So keep learning, take care of yourself and each other, and work toward making the world a better place.”
Yuemei (Amy) Zhang is an anesthesiologist and can be reached on Twitter @yzhangmd1.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Activism is a part of medicine and we cannot remain neutral.”
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