Entering my 19th year of practice I have looked after many patients and am constantly amazed and humbled by the courage and grace with which they confront a diagnosis. There is much to learn from our patients. More than just caring for a man with prostate cancer or a waman who has needed multiple treatments for kidney stones it is our responsibity to ensure that we always are leading the push to imrpove the treatment paradigm. This includes ensuring tests get booked quickly and treatment decison get made accoding to best evidence It also means taking a lead in fundrasing, speaking at patient support groups and spending the time to answer a call or an email late in the day no matter how busy the day was. It is the inherent responsibility of being a physician. It is the heart of patient advocacy.
Please go to the current Spring 2014 issue of the American Urological Association periodical Global Connections and turn to page 12 for some further thoughts from me on the imporatnce of patient advocacy: