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FMA Magazine Fall 2019

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19 www.FLmedical.org FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE FALL 2019 By Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD During my year as chief resident, I was also president of the Florida Association of Family Medicine Residents. e faculty at my residency program inspired me by their excellence as clinicians and teachers. I trusted their judgment and insight, so when they encouraged me to get involved in our state medical academy, I decided to go for it. More than two decades later, I am more involved in organized medicine than ever. Some years ago, a er a hiatus from active involvement at the state level, I almost gave up on organized medicine altogether. I wrote a letter voicing my concerns and, to my surprise, received a warm response from one of our state leaders. He thanked me for my candor, agreed with my concerns, and invited me to return to active state leadership. He reminded me of the power of one person and urged me to help lead our state with my unique voice. Well, this was not the response I expected to receive nor was I looking to add one more activity to my already extensive to-do list. Yet, I felt called. I felt heard, understood, and challenged. A er some prayer and discernment, I decided to say yes, to roll up my sleeves, expand my comfort zone, and go make a diff erence by contributing my unique perspective. Since then, I've continued to serve on boards and engage as an active member of my specialty and state academies. I have represented physicians and fought for patients, ensuring the salient issues that impact patient care are discussed at the highest levels, from my state Capitol to Washington, D.C. In doing so, I've been sharpened as a leader, stretched to learn and advocate in new ways, and I've grown as a human being. I have also enjoyed meeting legislators and proactive physicians who are new friends I can call anytime! I no longer miss the old residents' lounge because I've recreated it with colleagues all over the nation — each of us working together to maintain high standards of care. The Power of Physician Advocacy B O O K E X C E R P T continued on page 20

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