FORMER US SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND FORMER OREGON GOVERNOR MAKE BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO PATIENT-CENTRIC POLITICAL ADVOCACY
Boston, Mass. (June 3, 2021) — Former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR) are joining Future Doctors in Politics (fDIP) as founding members of fDIP’s Advisory Council.
fDIP is a new medical student-run national nonprofit dedicated to empowering future doctors to drive patient-centric and equity-oriented political and policy action across the country. As pioneering and influential physician policymakers who have leveraged their experiences in treating patients to inform their policy advocacy at the highest levels of government, Senator Frist and Governor Kitzhaber will support the strategic growth of this emerging movement.
“Starting medical school in the middle of a pandemic where so many were dying because our elected leaders were failing, it was clear we had a responsibility and opportunity as future physicians to center the patient voice in our nation’s politics,” says Inam Sakinah, co-founder and president of fDIP and medical student at Harvard. “As we work to build a national movement of doctors into a patient-centric, equity-oriented political force, we are eager to benefit from the counsel of two trailblazers who have led at the intersections of medicine and politics.”
fDIP’s Advisory Council will convene a diverse group of distinguished political and policy leaders who are committed to leveraging their networks and expertise to further fDIP’s cause of building the next generation of future doctors into a political force for creating patient-centric, equity-oriented change.
Sen. Frist said, “As we grapple with the reality that prejudice and structural racism still exist in our society today, we must remember that each one of us has the power to be a compelling agent for change. Physicians who see the human cost of policy failures have a responsibility to engage in the political arena to make a difference on behalf of their patients.”
Gov. Kitzhaber added, “Universal access to quality, affordable medical care is a basic measure of a just society but blindly pumping more dollars into an already broken healthcare system without demanding value undermines our ability to invest in the very things that contribute most to health. I am looking forward to partnering with the next generation of physician leaders who are organizing and mobilizing to ensure policies in all sectors are decided with the health of patients and populations in mind.”
fDIP originated at Harvard Medical School and now has several chapters under development across the nation. fDIP’s mission is to equip future doctors with the mindset and skillset to be agents of political and structural change that centers the patients and communities they serve. For more information visit futuredoctorsinpolitics.org.