Participate in Advocacy Day
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Your voice matters. On Thursday, March 7, 2019, train to meet with with legislators and Congressional aides, then visit your elected officials’ offices.
See what 2018 Advocacy Day participants where up to this year! Details for 2019 Advocacy Day coming soon.
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
Issues for Advocacy Day 2019 will be selected in coming months. Read about what AMSA members advocated for this March at Advocacy Day 2018: 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.
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 7. 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 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.