Advocacy Day 2024 | INFORMATION FORTHCOMING
Advocacy Day 2023
This June, we will lift our voices as future-physicians to Congress for the kind of healthcare system we want to work in, and the health care we want for our patients, families, & communities.
Future Physicians for Change will provide training with key experts, background info, and connect you with our Action Committees & Teams, who will lead the way and help you lift your voice with your U.S. Senators & House Representatives.
- AMSA Advocacy Action Day Kick-off Event – Virtual Session Schedule
- 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST: Opening Remarks: Introduction to Advocacy Day
1:15pm EST/10:15am PST: Advocacy Day Breakout Groups for Setting up Legislative Visits
1:30pm EST/10:30am PST: Story of Self with Intend Health
2:30pm EST/11:30am PST: Closing Remarks
June 5 - 12
- Virtual Meetings With U.S. Senators & House Representative Legislative Staff
- Join AMSA Action Committees & AMSA members from your area for on-line meetings to discuss your selected key issue.
- In-Person Session at the Conference
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Introduction to Narrative Leadership: Story of Self
3:15pm – 4:15pm: A Win for You, a Win for Them: Advocacy to Overcome Barriers to Students and Resident Receiving Mental Health Care
4:30pm – 6:00pm: Get Ready to Fall in Love …With Social Change! It’s Speed Dating with Advocacy!
9:00pm: Advocacy Social: Short Film Screening and Debrief
This year, we’re zeroing in on 3 core issues
Addressing physician mental health, well-being and burnout
Protecting access to transgender healthcare
Protecting abortion care
In our June 3 on-line session you will receive training with key experts, resource materials, background info, and be connected with our Action Committees & Teams, who will help you lift your voice with your U.S. Senators & House Representative. There you will also be matched with AMSA members from your state and congressional district to plan for your meetings.
June 5 -12 virtual meetings with your 2 U.S. Senators and your House Representative will be scheduled. Meetings are generally held with Legislative Aides who work on your selected issue, and average about 15 minutes. Separate calendar invites for each meeting you are scheduled to attend will be sent to the email address you used to register for the annual conference These invites will include information on who you will be meeting with and a zoom link to join the meeting.
On June 15 our in-person Advocacy Day session will take place at the conference hotel from 1pm – 5pm. Join AMSA members in-person for lively discussion with with key congressional leaders. Afternoon skill-building sessions include: Writing Letters-to-the-Editor, Creating Compelling Social Media, Growing Your Advocacy Network, and more.
You will sign-up to participate as a part of your conference registration. When you sign-up you will select the issue area you are interested in from among the AMSA Advocacy Priorities for 2022-2023. Specific legislation we will be addressing will be determined in March/April based on where bills are currently at in the legislative process.
Deadline: you must register by Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:59pm ET to participate in Advocacy Day.
Whether this is your first legislative visit or you’re a pro our Advocacy Day is for you! Lifting your voice to your congress members isn’t just an important practice in democracy – it’s a chance for you to advocate for the issues you care about, and ensure they hear from more than just corporate lobbyists and special interest groups. During our Advocacy Day you will build key skills that will serve you throughout your career. We will prepare you for your meetings with congressional officials, so that you can feel comfortable in your advocacy skills; we can even connect you with an AMSA Advocacy Coach if you’d like.
As future physicians, advocating for our patients and communities is a responsibility that we should exercise throughout our careers. The power and the privilege that comes from donning our white coats gives us a unique opportunity to influence policymakers. Since health policy is so broad, our work doesn’t stop here–having relationships with the offices of our elected officials throughout our training and our careers will help to advance the issues we care about. So let’s get started! Register Here
Advocacy Day 2023 brought to you by our AMSA Student Leader Team
Oak Sonfist, Education and Advocacy Fellow
Trevor Lyford, Chair, Health Policy Committee
Avanthi Jayaweera, Graduate Trustee
Nikitha Balaji, Gender & Sexuality Policy Coordinator, Health Policy Committee
Anna Hindman, Reproductive Health Liaison
Shan Jin, Vice President of Leadership Development
Rohini Siva, National President