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. REGISTER BY NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 25, 2018, TO ALLOW TIME FOR SCHEDULING A VISIT WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS’ OFFICES.

Preliminary Agenda:
(subject to change)

7:00am – 7:45am Check-in and Packet Pickup at Hotel (Hyatt Regency Crystal City)

7:45am – 9:30am  Wear your White Coats! Travel to Capitol Hill (Senate Hart 216, 120 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002)

9:30am – 9:45am Welcome

9:45am – 10:15am Address from Physician Congressman

10:15am – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 11:15am The Medical Trainee Voice: Storytelling and Advocacy 101

11:15am – 11:30am   PROSPER Act Highlights: Effect on Future Health Care Workforce

11:30am – 12:15pm Government Relations Q&A Panel: Tips for Successful Legislative Visits

12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch (on own in Senate building)

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

4:00pm Return to Hotel

6:00pm Convention Keynote: NIH Director Dr. Francis 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. We will depart the hotel by 7:45am and travel by Metro to Capitol Hill. You are encouraged to leave earlier once you have picked up your registration packet to allow ample travel time. A limited number of metro cards with preloaded fare will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Directions will be printed and available in the AMSA Convention App downloadable to your smart device. Once arriving at the US Senate Hart Building, you will need to pass through the security checkpoint and metal detectors. The Welcome and Congressman Address will start on time, so timely arrival is expected.

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 one-page leave behinds–all of which will be available prior to your arrival to the Senate Building. You are expected to attend all of your scheduled appointments with elected officials’ offices. 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.

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.