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Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy

with Dr. Seth Cohen and Dr. Michelle Leach

In this episode of Backtable Urology, Dr. Suzette Sutherland invites Dr. Seth Cohen (City of Hope) and Dr. Michelle Leach (UC San Diego) to explore the importance and impact of advocacy work in the field of urology, highlighting how physicians can wield their influence to affect change within their communities and the healthcare system at large.

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Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy with Dr. Seth Cohen and Dr. Michelle Leach on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Ep 164 Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy with Dr. Seth Cohen and Dr. Michelle Leach
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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2024, May 1). Ep. 164 – Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Podcast Contributors

Dr. Seth Cohen discusses Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy on the BackTable 164 Podcast

Dr. Seth Cohen

Dr. Seth Cohen is a urologist specializing in complex reconstruction of the pelvic floor with City of Hope in Southern California.

Dr. Michelle Leach discusses Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy on the BackTable 164 Podcast

Dr. Michelle Leach

Dr. Michelle Leach is a urology resident physician at UC San Diego in California.

Dr. Suzette Sutherland discusses Urology Advocacy: From Passion to Policy on the BackTable 164 Podcast

Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Dr. Suzette Sutherland is the director of female urology with UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Synopsis

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Leach first discuss their personal journeys into advocacy work, the projects they’ve been involved in, and the tangible changes they have helped make, including a resident book club and increasing access to sacral neuromodulation. They both emphasize the importance of physician involvement in advocacy at both the beginning and throughout their careers. They also provide practical advice on participating in professional organizations (AUA, AMA, etc.) and the importance of surveys in guiding advocacy efforts. The discussion concludes with encouragement for medical professionals to engage in policy and advocacy to safeguard their practice and enhance patient care.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introduction
16:50 - Real-World Success Stories
25:36 - Navigating the Complexities of Health Policy and Advocacy
33:06 - The Importance of Membership in Professional Organizations
36:14 - Highlighting Urology’s Influence in Health Policy
45:14 - The AUA Summit Experience
55:23 - The Value of Engagement and Advocacy

Resources

Ep. 82- Advocacy Basics for the Urologist: From Your Clinic to Capitol Hill with Dr. Ruchika Talwar
https://www.backtable.com/shows/urology/podcasts/82/advocacy-basics-for-the-urologist-from-your-clinic-to-capitol-hill

Ep. 154- Navigating Healthcare Reform: Lessons from Urology Advocacy with Dr. Mara Holton
https://www.backtable.com/shows/urology/podcasts/154/navigating-healthcare-reform-lessons-from-urology-advocacy

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