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Rising From the Ashes: Harnessing the Power of the Written Word for Advocacy

Objective: National discourse has brought women’s reproductive health to the forefront of public policy. Obstetrician gynecologists are uniquely positioned as experts in the field to shape public opinion through lay press publications, such as op-eds. By writing op-eds, we can become advocates for change in our communities. However, the vast majority of obstetrician gynecologists are not trained to write for the general public in this format.


Methods: In this interactive workshop, we start with an overview of how physician writing can impact the public and our own careers. We introduce a framework on how to structure an impactful op-ed, creating a “recipe” for participants to follow in the future. In small groups, participants analyze a published piece to reinforce the structural approaches learned. We delve into the specifics of how to write, including tips for incorporating writing into our busy schedules, developing concrete ideas for pieces, the mechanics of writing, and strategies for editing. Participants will practice implementing these approaches by editing writing samples together. Finally, we review the elements of a successful pitch email to an editor, with participants crafting and critiquing their own pitches in small groups.


Results: Participants will work in small groups throughout the session to analyze op-ed elements, edit writing samples, and create op-ed pitch emails.


Conclusion/ Discussion: Participants will receive a virtual toolkit containing a recipe for a successful op-ed, sample pitch letters, and additional resources for writing, including classes, outlets for publication, and editing strategies.

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2023, Student, Resident, Faculty, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Advocacy,

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Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Clinical Focus

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Huma Farid, MD; Zahir Kanjee, MD

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