AMA Medical Student Advocacy Conference (MAC) agenda

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Review the agenda for the 2024 AMA Medical Student Advocacy Conference (MAC) taking place March 7-8 in Washington, D.C.

Times are Eastern and subject to change.

1 p.m.

Conference check-in

  • Badge and materials pick-up (ID required for check-in).
  • Networking welcome: Enjoy coffee and meet students and AMA partners.
  • Get your professional headshot or sign up for a time slot.
  • Hotel check-in begins at 4 p.m., earlier check-in is dependent on room availability.

3 p.m.

MAC kick-off

  • Join your host, AMA Government Relations and Advocacy Fellow, Jessica McCallister for a big MAC welcome and opening remarks.

3:05 p.m.

AMA Board welcome address

  • A special guest from the AMA Board of Trustees will welcome students to the 2024 MAC, highlighting the importance of advocacy, reflecting on past MAC wins including passage of the Retirement Parity for Student Loans Act of 2022 allowing employers to match student loan payments to 401(k) contributions, and ongoing AMA advocacy on Medicare reform including the Preserving Seniors’ Access to Physicians Act to stop the cut.

3:20 p.m.

Congressional/Administration speaker

  • One U.S. senator, one U.S. representative and one member of the Administration will be invited to speak for 30 minutes.

3:50 p.m.

Advocacy training and mock-Hill visit demonstration

  • David Lusk, founder of Key Advocacy, will lead a training session on how to prepare for and conduct an effective meeting with legislators/staffers. Mock Hill visits will be demonstrated by the GRAF and member(s) of the Council on Legislation.

4:20 p.m.

Advocating for communities: Substance use disorder & the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act (MOTAA)

  • AMA advocacy staff members will provide background on substance use disorder (SUD) and the ongoing opioid epidemic, including understanding how this disease impacts communities and highlighting ongoing AMA advocacy. Our GRAF and AMA lobbyists will review the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act (MOTAA) key talking points and the legislative ask.

4:45 p.m.

Congressional/Administration speaker

  • One U.S. senator, one U.S. representative and one member of the Administration will be invited to speak for 30 minutes.

5:15 p.m.  

Refreshment break

5:30 p.m.

Advocating for physicians: Graduate medical education & the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act

  • AMA Advocacy staff members will provide background on graduate medical education (GME) and the role of Congress in addition to ongoing AMA advocacy. Our GRAF and AMA lobbyists will review the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, key talking points and the legislative ask.

5:55 p.m.

Congressional/Administration speaker

  • One U.S. senator, one U.S. representative and one member of the Administration will be invited to speak for 30 minutes.

6:25 p.m.

Advocating for patients: Cost-sharing & the Help Ensure Lower Patient (HELP) Copays Act

  • AMA Advocacy staff members will provide background information on health care coverage, cost-sharing and the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Our GRAF and AMA lobbyists will review the Help Ensure Lower Patient (HELP) Copays Act, key talking points and the legislative ask.

6:50 p.m.

Advocacy training: Hill visits strategic planning

  • Students will gather with their state/region to review their scheduled Hill meetings and work through the Hill Visit Strategy Worksheet to help prepare talking points and gather relevant background information for their meetings. AMA staff will be available to help students and answer questions.

7:05 p.m.

Civic health for patients & providers

  • A civic health advocate and physician leader will offer a presentation highlighting how voting impacts overall health, the challenges faced by health care professionals and patients in accessing voting, and how we can support our patients and colleagues in exercising their civic rights.

7:30 p.m.

Networking reception

  • Network with hundreds of medical students and hear from members of Congress. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served.
  • Participate in mock legislator meetings to prepare for the Capitol Hill experience. Hosted by MSS Committee on Legislation & Advocacy (COLA).

6 a.m.

Wellness activity

7 a.m.

Hotel check out & luggage drop-off

  • Last chance! Get your professional headshot or sign up for a time slot.

8 a.m.

Day 2 welcome

  • Our GRAF will welcome students to the second day of MAC, review the bills, key talking points and legislative asks, and outline the agenda for the day and what to expect.

8:10 a.m.

Breakfast & How to Be an Effective Advocate panel

  • A panel of experienced medical students who have participated in MAC previously will offer their insights, share their experiences, provide some advice on how to maximize success in Hill visits, and answer questions while students enjoy breakfast.

8:30 a.m.

Hill visits strategic planning

  • Students will reconvene with their state/region to review materials and practice talking points for Hill visits. AMA staff will be present to help and answer any last-minute questions.

9 a.m.

Closing remarks

  • Programming will conclude and students will be dismissed to buses.

9:20 a.m.

Board buses for Capitol Hill

  • Charter buses will depart promptly at 9:30 a.m.

10 a.m.

All attendee student photo on steps of Capitol Hill

  • Don’t forget to bring your white coat!

10:30 a.m.–rest of day

Capitol Hill visits

  • Advocate for the future of medicine by meeting with your legislators and their staffers to discuss pressing health policy issues and request the actions needed to address these important topics.
  • Charter buses will run from the Capitol drop-off/ pick-up area from 1 to 3 p.m. back to the Westin D.C. City Center.

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