The importance of advocacy — Dr. Lisa Gangarosa shares thoughts on being successful in 2018

Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina professor of medicine and American Gastroenterological Association Government Affairs Committee member Lisa Gangarosa, MD, spoke on the importance of continuing education and staying engaged through advocacy.

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1. On what keeps her up at night: Luckily for me it is very rare for concerns about work, the economy or political unrest to keep me up at night. I work at a tertiary care academic medical center and am on call for biliary emergencies two to four nights a week, so my sleep is sometimes interrupted by calls from outside facilities requesting the transfer of a patient.

2. On her biggest challenge for 2018: My biggest challenge in 2018 will be learning and becoming proficient in new endoscopic ultrasound-guided therapeutic techniques.

3. On opportunities for success in 2018: The best opportunity for GI physicians to be successful in 2018 will be to stay engaged through state and national GI societies, such as the American Gastroenterological Association, as these can provide camaraderie, support, education and advocacy.

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