The past century is riddled with interventions wresting control away from physicians and centralizing it in the hands of the federal government and large firms. Rather than addressing policy issues as they arise, reviewing the healthcare system in historical context can reframe the discussion, revealing its foundational problems.
Healing Our Healers Through the Patient-Doctor Relationship: Speaker and student presentations from BRI’s 5th Annual Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO.
In a humble conference room in St. Louis, medical student attendees heard eight speakers from diverse backgrounds enlighten them about the promise of healthcare freedom and protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and showed them—as future doctors—how they can be excited again about a positive future in medicine.
Understanding healthcare policy and healthcare economics theory has become important even for doctors to practice medicine. Andrew Widener, medical student from The University of Texas McGovern Medical School addresses the economics of healthcare from an Austrian economics perspective. By understanding underlying economic principles, doctors will be better equipped to foresee and engage with both the positive and negative outcomes of healthcare policy.
Healthcare Economics from an Austrian Perspective, by Andrew Widener
Alicia Seggelink, BRI chapter leader from Rosalind Franklin University Medical School discusses how to create an effective communications strategy. While aimed at helping BRI chapters be successful, this tool can be used for almost any organization.
Mary Hahn, from SUNY Downstate Medical School, experienced a bumpy ride establishing a BRI chapter at her school. In spite of a few setbacks — not the least of which was the campus environment not entirely welcoming of free market ideas — Mary persevered, and not only established a successful BRI chapter, she also provided a place for other like-minded medical students to be able to participate in a conversation for free market healthcare.
“What is not so obvious, however, is that in order for doctors to provide strong, professional leadership and to advocate effectively for patients priced out of access to quality medical care, a fundamental understanding of markets, economics, policy and the law-making process is also critical.” ~ Beth Haynes, MD, BRI Executive Director
Both seasoned and relatively new leaders alike had the floor to talk about best practices for running a successful Chapter, and highlight other work they’ve done outside of BRI and with our support. We are pleased to bring you the video of their presentations.
The most recent spring semester Benjamin Rush Institute (BRI) lectures at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) focused philosophically on a doctor’s vocation. In Dr. Jason Eberl’s lecture, “The Hippocratic Oath: Still Ethically Valid?” attendees learned about the implications of taking an oath, and then applied those implications to the Hippocratic Oath, and other oaths […]
The excitement about this new documentary is building. We highly encourage our BRI Student Chapters to host or be part of a viewing event.