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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow talking with students about health care reform.

Welcome to the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Medicine and Political Action in the Community website. MPAC is one of the only programs in any American medical school that provides direct instruction on health policy and politics, advocacy and leadership development. The program has four objectives: to provide a basic understanding of health policy and the political process, to inform about effective advocacy strategies, to provide real-world opportunities to advocate and to address knowledge gaps in key external affairs topics like health care philanthropy and how to run a medical practice. MPAC’s goal is to create lifelong health care advocates, supporters of external affairs and inspired physician leadership. The program includes two lectures per month, one from a guest lecturer and another from Doug Skrzyniarz, MPAC's faculty instructor. MPAC’s mission is not to tell students what issues to advocate for. Instead, MPAC is designed to provide future physicians with the knowledge and tools to be lifelong advocates for health care issues they believe will improve the health of the people they serve and the community they live in.