The Advocacy Journal Club

Geoffrey Talmon, Alejandro Wolf, Mariam Molani, Kimberly Martin, Elizabeth Waibel, Jeff Jacobs, James Wisecarver

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Objectives: To describe a method of educating pathologists about health policy. Methods: The Advocacy Journal Club was a series of six conferences. Topics were of those in the news or affecting local practice. Participants reviewed preparatory readings, completed a six- to 10-question pretest, attended an interactive presentation stressing advocacy groups' efforts, and completed a posttest. All were invited to complete a survey after the sessions. Results: Faculty and residents had increased posttest scores following each presentation with a significant difference in four and three sessions, respectively. More than 80% agreed they could discuss the topics with others and understood how regulations affect practice. More than 90% agreed that they gained an understanding of how involvement in organizations' advocacy initiatives affects policy. Conclusions: We present a method for educating pathologists about policy and the role of professional societies that could be implemented by nearly all graduate medical education programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020



  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Talmon, G., Wolf, A., Molani, M., Martin, K., Waibel, E., Jacobs, J., & Wisecarver, J. (2020). The Advocacy Journal Club. American journal of clinical pathology, 153(2), 175-180.