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    Millennial urologists display a political awakening

    An uncertain health care climate seems to have aroused new interest in health policy

     

    One limitation of these observations is that my background in health services research may lead to sampling bias; another is that Mark Zuckerberg may be curating my Facebook page ad nauseam. So perhaps these social media posts are not representative of the entire millennial urologic community. However, the frequency of these posts in the wake of current uncertainty in health care is nonetheless hypothesis generating.

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    The millennial generation has been criticized for its self-centeredness, short attention spans, and need for immediate gratification. None of these qualities portend meaningful future engagement in health policy. But there is talk of a political awakening among the millennial generation and it may very well manifest in the urologic space. That awakening may be an important opportunity to engage young urologists in the health policy realm—traditionally favored by the proverbial gray-hairs.

    I would challenge senior partners and senior faculty to reach out to your younger colleagues, invite them to a local society meeting, or contact your elected officials as a group to ensure your collective voice is heard. Likewise, millennial urologists should understand that social media posts do not an activist make. Engaging as a physician in the political process happens offline, in representatives’ offices and in loco-regional societies. But don’t worry—you can still use your smartphone to call or email your representative.

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