Pediatric Resident Driven Health Advocacy Projects: Five Years of Success
CPS ePoster Library. MacDougall E. Jun 25, 2015; 99252; 191
Eleanor MacDougall
Eleanor MacDougall
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Abstract
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Background:
Both the CPS and the Royal College require pediatricians to be strong advocates for the health and well being of their patients. Although pediatric residents are taught to identify the need for advocacy, they are given few opportunities for and required rarely to take an active role in advocacy. Since 2009, the pediatric residency program at the University of Manitoba required PGY3 residents to collaboratively complete a group health advocacy project.

Objectives:
To describe the success of a yearly, collaborative resident-driven health advocacy project

Design/Methods:
Each PGY3 cohort of pediatric residents is required to work collaboratively to identify a health need and respond to that need by developing and implementing an advocacy project. The residents are provided with faculty supervisors, dedicated time, and start-up funds. A business plan with objectives, timeline, and measureable outcomes is required by September 1 with an interim report by December 31. A final written report is required by June 30 along with a group presentation at Pediatric Grand Rounds.

Results:
During the past five years, each cohort successfully developed, implemented and completed a unique advocacy project. Four projects relate directly to position statements from the CPS with two focusing on areas of provincial deficiency outlined in the CPS Status Report 2012. For three projects, residents lobbied the provincial government for legislative change, successfully resulting in three new legislations.

Conclusion
A collaborative resident-driven health advocacy project is possible and has been highly successful. Provided with the time and minimal resources, each cohort of pediatric residents has developed and completed relevant and unique projects. The short term and long term impact of the projects has been immense.
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