|Remarks by Previous ACPM Rotation Residents|
"The rotation at ACPM’s headquarters is an exciting and intensive immersion into the world of federal health policy. My two fantastic months at ACPM crystallized for me the fact that preventive medicine is truly at the intersection of medicine, public health, politics, law, and economics. The opportunities during this rotation are extraordinary. Every day was a whirlwind of Congressional Hill visits, meetings with various other stakeholder organizations around DC, and strategizing in the office about how to proceed forward on the numerous issues ACPM is advocating for. With so much of what preventive medicine does resting on the actions of the federal government, there is no better place to learn who the key players are and how major decisions are made that affect the physicians and patients. I would strongly recommend this rotation to every preventive medicine resident."
"Doing this rotation really opened my eyes to the incredible impact that one can have on the health of our entire nation when working at the policy level. I have gained a tremendous appreciation for the power of our democracy and how the collective voice of physicians can serve as a powerful instrument of change in Congress. The initial successes that we have achieved have made me feel like I am making a tremendous difference and have truly inspired me. This experience has instilled within me a desire to remain involved in matters of health policy for the rest of my career."
"The practicum rotation with ACPM provided me with an amazing experience in Washington, DC. The supportive staff facilitated opportunities to advocate for preventive medicine on Capitol Hill, participate in health coalitions, and conduct public health research. This rotation would help any resident interested in learning more about health policy to take an active role in advancing the field of preventive medicine.”
"The rotation was phenomenal! The ACPM staff are welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about current preventive medicine and public health issues. Residents have an opportunity to learnfirst-hand about the public policy process and toadvocate personally on behalf of preventive medicine professionals with members of Congress and with leaders in our professional community. Quite importantly, you begin to understand thepotency of organized medicine in its role in influencing national policy andthe opportunitiesthat are made available to us in our own careers.”
"From other residents' stories, Iknew the rotation at ACPM would be outstanding, buteven I didn't realize how transferrable the skills would be that I gained while at ACPM. From "On Your Behalf" conference attendance to the Hill to Headlines, the hands-on work has left me with experiences andnotes that I still reference in my day-to-day work as a medical officer and clinic physician.”
"The rotation with ACPM was a wonderful experience which enabled me to work in Washington D.C. on federal issues as they related to preventive medicine. From attending various national coalition meetings to meeting with key staff of our U.S. Congressmen to helping formulate ACPM policy, I felt I had the opportunity to see and participate in matters that I would not normally have access to at this point in my training."
"The practicum rotation at ACPM is a great opportunity toget involved in a wide range ofpolicy, public health, and prevention issues. The staff creates a learning environment where residents can develop their skills while making a real contribution to preventive medicine. Any resident in preventive medicine, regardless of eventual career plans, would benefit from a rotation at ACPM."
"The ACPM rotation was a unique and valuable learning experience.The opportunity to be actively involved in Washington,DC is the best and perhaps the only way to truly understand the policy making process at the federal level."