Professional medical associations and policymaking: perspectives from research and practice

10:30 am–5:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Apr.
26

Professional medical associations are considered key stakeholders in shaping and influencing health policy. Yet, there has been limited research and discussion on their role in the context of low- and middle-income countries. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking across countries.

In this workshop, we will share new research on the role of professional medical associations in policymaking, and discuss the experiences of practitioners in influencing policy. In two interactive sessions, panelists will share their research and experiences, and as a group, we will discuss emerging themes, methodological challenges, and ideas for further research and action. 

The workshop will conclude with a public dialogue bringing together academics, practitioners and others interested in the role of professional medical associations as key stakeholders in shaping health policy. Drawing on experiences from the US and India, the panelists in this dialogue will examine critical questions in the context of dynamic policy environments in both countries - whose voices do the associations represent? How do they engage with policymakers and the policy process? And, what is the future for these associations in the face of growing corporatization and patient activation? 

This workshop is closed and invitation-only. The public dialogue is open to researchers, practitioners and others interested in this topic.