Advocacy Day

Participate in Advocacy Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Your voice matters! On Thursday, March 8, attend a policy briefing and a physician Congressman press conference. Train to meet with with legislators and Congressional aides, then visit your elected officials’ offices to support federal funding for medical education.

Preliminary Agenda:
(subject to change)

7:00am – 7:45am Advocacy Day Check-in at Hotel

7:45am – 8:15am   Welcome at Hotel, Corina Freitas, MD, MSc, MBA,  Committee for Interns and Residents

8:15am – 8:45am Engaging Legislators: US Congressman (CA-36) The Honorable Raul Ruiz, MD, MPH, MPP (pending vote schedule)

9:00am – 9:45am Legislative Advocacy for Medical Trainees: Richard Bruno, MD, MPH, Maryland House of Representatives Candidate (MD-41)


10:00am – 10:15am HEA Reauthorization & PROSPER Act Highlights: Impacts on Medical Trainees, Daniel H. Gouger, MD

10:15am – 11:00am Question & Answer Panel: Tips for Successful Legislative Visits, AAMC and AACOM Government Relations Teams

(Leave Convention Hotel)

11:00am – 1:30pm Lunch on Own and Travel to Capitol Hill, Wear your White Coats!

1:30pm – 4:00pm Visits with Representative and Senate Offices

4:00pm Return to Hotel

6:00pm Convention Keynote: NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD

The future physician workforce well understands the exorbitant costs of medical education and student debt. Financial aid barriers disproportionately impact nontraditional students, students from underrepresented communities in medicine, and students with the most financial need. But public health outcomes rely on a diverse future physician workforce that reflects the nation’s demographics. HR 4508, The PROSPER Act, is a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, which creates the United States financial aid infrastructure for post secondary education. It seeks to reduce professional student loan borrowing limits, alter repayment and forgiveness options, and eliminate the public service loan forgiveness program for new borrowers. It is important for medical students to share their stories about costs of training and their paths to becoming physicians with their elected officials. For more information contact AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellow Daniel H. Gouger, MD at [email protected].

The schedule for the day is busy and we aim to prepare you as much as possible. Morning training will be conducted at the AMSA Convention Hotel, the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City. Attendees will depart for Capitol Hill just before lunch in order to eat on their own and arrive at their legislative appointments on time. A limited number of metro cards with preloaded fare will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will conduct afternoon visits to the offices of your elected officials after morning training. Based on the information you provide during registration, AMSA will schedule a visit with legislators and/or their staffers for your team on Thursday afternoon, March 8. This appointment information will be provided to you. AMSA will provide issue background information, talking points, and short fact page leave behinds–all of which will be available prior to your arrival to Capitol Hill. You are expected to attend all of your afternoon scheduled appointments with elected officials’ offices, and please arrive on time to be respectful of Congressional staff calendars. Any schedule changes should be communicated immediately and directly to AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellow, Daniel H. Gouger, MD, at [email protected].

AMSA understands for many medical trainees that our Advocacy Day will be your first experience meeting with an elected official’s office. We will have online learning resources to help you prepare, including basic information and background on the bill we will be advocating for. The morning of Advocacy Day is all dedicated to providing in-person training geared toward medical trainees to help prepare you as best we can. We have AMSA leaders who are experienced and ready to help you learn this important skill for physicians. Afternoon appointments with your elected officials’ offices will be set up for you.

Welcome, Corina Freitas, MD, MSc, MBA Advocacy is a mindset, but requires new skills. Hear from the Committee of Interns and Residents about how starting early with Advocacy in your medical training will help you continue as you progress as a physician.
Engaging with Legislators, The Honorable Raul Ruiz MD, MPH, MPP Now an Emergency Medicine physician in Congress, Dr. Ruiz was the first Latino to ever receive three graduate degrees from Harvard. Hear why it’s important for medical trainees and physicians to build relationships with legislators.
Legislative Advocacy for Medical Trainees, Richard Bruno, MD, MPH With roots in AMSA’s Healthcare for All Campaign, now he works in an underserved community in Baltimore and is running for Maryland State Congress. The public trusts medical trainee and physician voices. Your stories can shape the political narrative.
HEA Reauthorization & PROSPER Act Highlights: Impact on Medical Trainees, Daniel H. Gouger, MD AMSA’s Education and Advocacy Fellow will briefly overview major proposals to alter student loans, repayment programs, and forgiveness options that would impact the future physician workforce.
Q&A Panel: Tips for Successful Legislative Visits, AAMC/AACOM Hear from Government Relations experts from both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine on building rapport and overcoming challenges in legislative appointments.

Become an AMSA Advocacy Liaison!

The Advocacy Day Liaison position is for students planning to come to Advocacy Day who would like to take on an additional leadership role. Liaisons will meet virtually in January for an online webinar to learn about scheduling legislative appointments and additional direct actions that can be taken prior to Advocacy Day to make visits even more successful. As a liaison, you will work closely with the Education & Advocacy Fellow (EAF) to schedule legislative appointments in January and February, plus make sure the event runs smoothly and meetings go as planned. Liaisons will then be available on Advocacy Day itself to help new advocates tackle their first advocacy experience and to step in when needed to offer additional support.

You can become an Advocacy Liaison by indicating so on your registration for Advocacy Day. You will be contacted by the EAF in early January 2018 about future sessions and preparation. AMSA Advocacy Liaisons will receive a special $179 registration rate (after refund). Once you have completed your duties as an Advocacy Liaison, you will be refunded any amount you paid over $179. The deadline to register as an Advocacy Liaison has passed.

How do I register?

You will register for Advocacy Day as a part of your Convention registration.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Daniel H. Gouger at [email protected] with further questions or for more information.