Participate in Advocacy Day
Thursday, March 8, 2018
(subject to change)
9:30am – 12:00pm Welcome and Introductions / Advocacy 101
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch
1:00pm – 4:00pm Visits with Representative and Senate Offices
4:00pm – 5:00pm Return to hotel for debriefing and socializing
You are more than welcome to attend just the Rally or join us on the Hill for visits!
Become an Advocate!
Being a physician means advocating for your patients and community to improve health care and also society–to work towards a more equitable, safe, and healthy future. Your voice as a future physician matters a great deal! This is your chance to use your influence as a physician-in-training and as a constituent to make real change, and it’s your opportunity to adopt lifelong advocacy skills.
Join us for Advocacy Day on Thursday, March 8 at the 2018 AMSA Annual Convention & Exposition in Washington, D.C. to raise your voice and meet with your Representative and/or Senator on Capitol Hill!
AMSA believes in improving the future of medicine for the good of everyone. Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. As future physicians, we are obligated to be a part of this conversation. With this in mind, we are advocating for several topics this year. We will educate officials on our issues as well as the bills surrounding them. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, email AMSA’s Education & Advocacy Fellow Dr. Daniel Gouger at [email protected]!
Visits to the office of your elected officials will be conducted in teams of at least two AMSA members. 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. Registered participants will receive a confirmation email closer to the date, detailing your team and your appointment(s) as well as information about training, the issues you will be discussing, your appointments and your legislators. AMSA will provide background information, talking points and one-page leave behinds–all of which will be available prior to your arrival.
AMSA wants to help prepare you as best we can for these meetings. We will have a webpage available prior to your arrival that will include resources to help you prepare including basic information on meeting with elected officials, background on legislation, background on each of the bills we will be advocating for, and further on-site logistical information. Before you depart for your meetings, AMSA will be hosting an in-person training on effective ways to encourage the legislature to make the changes you want to see in U.S. policy. AMSA will help you to connect with your Representative or Senator. All you need to do is sign up and be ready to educate and advocate!
Become an AMSA Advocacy Liaison!
The Advocacy 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 and discussion followed by a visit in their home district to prepare them for Advocacy Day. As a liaison, you will work closely with the Education & Advocacy Fellow (EAF) to make sure the event runs smoothly and meetings go as planned. They 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. Please note: you do not need prior experience to become an Advocacy Liaison.
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.
Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018
How do I register?
You will register for Advocacy Day as a part of your Convention registration.