June 6, 2008
MGH Medicine residents shape health policy

rising leaders forumThis past May, MGH Medicine residents took part in the first-of-its-kind Health Policy Elective, one of many rotations residents can choose to explore potential career paths. The two-week program — composed of lectures and discussions led by local and national experts in health policy, as well as field visits to policy-related settings and organizations — was spearheaded by residents Mandy Krauthamer, MD, and Ryan Thompson, MD. The elective was directed by David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, director of the MGH Institute for Health Policy, and enrolled 15 residents in its inaugural course.

HEALTHY DISCUSSION: Blumenthal with attendees at the Rising Leaders Forum

The largest event in the program was the May 8 Rising Leaders Forum, which drew nearly 150 people from 30 different health-related degree programs in law, business, public health and medicine to the MGH campus. Organized by resident Ben Kornitzer, MD, the event featured a keynote address by Blumenthal on the challenges and opportunities of the changing health care environment. The forum also included a panel discussion with several rising leaders in health policy: Abby Moncrieff, JD, fellow at Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School; Jeffrey Algazy, MD, partner at McKinsey & Co; and Michael D. Miller, MD, founder of HealthPolCom Consulting.

"It is really a tribute to the MGH to have taken on this important leadership role and so successfully engaged with and energized the rising generation of health policy leaders," Kornitzer says. Support for the event was provided by the Department of Medicine, MGH leadership and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

For more information about the Health Policy Elective, contact Kornitzer at bskornitzer@partners.org.

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