Medical Student Advocacy Day
2014 Medical Student Advocacy Day
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What is Advocacy Day?
MSS Advocacy Day is an excellent opportunity to increase your awareness of legislative issues affecting medicine, to foster relationships with legislators through political involvement, and to gain real-life education in the practical aspects of physician advocacy.
Advocacy Day activities, which span two days, include interactive educational sessions on effective advocacy and lobbying techniques, briefings on legislative issues currently before Congress, and a full afternoon on Capitol Hill meeting with legislators and their staffs.
More than 300 medical students from 29 states headed to Capitol Hill on Monday, Feb. 11 to talk with their members of Congress about what needs to be done to protect the future of health care in the United States.
The students held 144 meetings with members of Congress and key staffers. The most pressing of the students' concerns was preserving graduate medical education funding, which facing budget cuts. The number of residency slots also has not kept pace with the increase of U.S. medical students or the demand for care, thanks to a cap that was first set in 1997.
"It's an important issue for the country because we need more doctors," said Mark Kashtan, a second-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "For us [medical students], it's the rest of our lives. Since we're the closest people to it, we need to be the most vocal advocates for it."
Before discussing this and other issues on Capitol Hill, students received a day of training Sunday, including lobbying practice and tips from experts.
Advocacy Day teaches medical students how to advocate effectively," said Shannon Brockman, a second-year medical student at the University of Florida College of Medicine. "Students receive instruction on how to talk to congressional aides and on other parts of the lobbying process."
2013 Congressional Briefs:
- Medical Student Debt Relief Congressional brief
- Graduate Medical Education Congressional brief
- Top Ten Reasons to Protect GME
- Sustainable Growth Rate Informational documents