Physicians in public service and government serve in a variety of roles in the federal, state and local government. They may work in politics or civic affairs and address broader health care issues within society. They may work on policies that deal with drug abuse laws, nutrition funding, humane fiscal policy, and health care financing.
Physicians can also involve themselves in governmental action by serving in an office of government relations for a health sciences center or university. This work involves lobbying and educating Congress or state legislators about important health related issues, reviewing and approving requests for funding, organizing health-related service programs, and consulting and advising university officials on a range of political and health-related topics.