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2021 National Advocacy Week graphic

Medical Student National Advocacy Week is a national grassroots effort created to:

  • Address critical barriers in accessing equitable, quality, and affordable health care
  • Equip medical students nationwide with the tools to advocate effectively for their patients

From Oct. 11-15, medical student members of the AMA from every corner of the United States will stand together to actively address barriers to quality health care. Each day focuses on a specific topic and plan of action.

Registration

Registration is now open for National Advocacy Week. Register for one or more days.

Schedule of events

  • Oct. 11: Map out your advocacy plan
  • Oct. 12: Telehealth coverage for COVID-19 and beyond
  • Oct. 13: Advancing health equity in maternal health
  • Oct. 14: Medicare budget cuts and addressing the impending physician shortage
  • Oct. 15: Investing in public health infrastructure and conclusion

Review the agenda tab for full schedule of events. Event times are Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.

Download the agenda

All sessions will be virtual. Further information on accessing virtual sessions will be provided once available.

Action kit

Agenda

Monday, Oct. 11

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Introduction to National Advocacy Week and welcome remarks

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
How to be an effective lobbyist

Christopher Sherin & Chase Thomas, lobbyists, AMA Division for Congressional Affairs

1:45 pm - 2:10 pm
How to run an impactful grassroots campaign

Rob Jordan, director, AMA Office of Political and Legislative Grassroots

2:10 pm - 2:15 pm
Conclusion

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

Tuesday, Oct. 12

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm
Introduction to the telehealth issue

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Advancing telemedicine forward

Representative Kim Schrier, MD, D-WA 8th District, member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and House Committee on Agriculture

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
What’s next for telehealth services

Kyle Thomson, JD, Washington counsel for the AMA Division of Legislative Counsel

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm
Conclusion

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

Wednesday, Oct. 13

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Introduction to the maternal health issue

Brittany Ikwuagwu, AMA-MSS GRAF

1:10 pm - 1:20 pm
Our moms matter

Representative Robin Kelly PhD, D-IL 2nd District, member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and House Committee on Oversight and Reform

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Q&A on the maternal health crisis

Mia Keeys, chief of staff to Representative Robin Kelly, PhD

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
How can I be an ally?

Siobhan Wescott, MD, director, American Indian Health Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health

2:10 pm - 2:15 pm
Conclusion

Brittany Ikwuagwu, AMA-MSS GRAF

Thursday, Oct. 14

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Introduction to the Medicare budget cuts and physician shortage issue

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
Future of Medicare payment and GME

Alexis Pierce, JD & Bryan Hull, JD, Washington Counsel for the AMA Division of Legislative Counsel

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
AMA Ambassadors presentation

J. Mori Johnson, director of AMA Community Engagement Office

2:10 pm - 2:15 pm
Conclusion

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

Friday, Oct. 15

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Summary of National Advocacy Week

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The new normal in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Honorable Janet Woodcock, MD, acting commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
How we can help address key public health challenges

The Honorable Rachel L. Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm
Thank you and conclusion

Brittany Ikwuagwu, MSS GRAF