donor of the month
Carol Grench, MD, FAAFP is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee’s April Donor of the Month! Dr. Grench earned her medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and also completed her family medicine residency there. Dr. Grench has donated to the FP-PAC since 2008 and serves as a Legislative Key Contact.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
I contribute to FP-PAC to help keep up the good work the California Academy of Family Physicians does with the legislature. Having the group active with our representatives and senators helps keep lawmakers informed of the realities of medicine. The PAC can also help fight proposed changes that would adversely affect patients and physicians. Supporting the PAC means our voice will be heard.
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
This PAC is one that works with good intention. It is guided by the board of family physicians; good people making decisions about what to focus on and address. FP-PAC always has patient and physician needs in mind, and has a balanced view of the medical world. They are ethical and I trust their judgement. I say this with confidence after watching what CAFP has done in the 18 years since I moved to California.
Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?
We need to ensure our voice is heard. Early in my career, our voice was not heard. It was mainly the subspecialists that held the ear of the legislative bodies. As a result, laws were passed that supported subspecialists that were averse to family medicine’s wellbeing, as well as the patients we cared for. Since we have had a voice, there has been a significant improvement in the view of family medicine. We need to keep this going.