The IUSM Department of Emergency Medicine Advocacy Project (EMAP) began in 2006 to improve EM residents' ability to interact with patients and the health care system beyond the bedside. IUEM faculty and residents have developed community, hospital, and legislative partnerships with the goal of bridging patient and physician within the nexus of healthcare that is the Emergency Department.
"I said somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody."
EMAP began with community based advocacy and education partnerships, including the wildly successful annual IUEM Bike Safety Fair and The Doctor Is IN student mentoring project. With a tiered approach, hospital systems programming and action plan were put into place, including a patient and family centered care initiative, ED brief intervention in tobacco cessation, and collaboration with the IU-wide SBiRT program.
"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action."
In addition, residents and faculty are now active in education and outreach in health policy and the legislative processes that affect emergency medicine as a specialty and our often vulnernable patients subject to multi-faceted health disparities. The Scholars in Advocacy Track began in 2009 for residents interested in becoming leaders in community, systems, and legislative advocacy.