The Medical Society of DC advocates every day for the right and ability of District physicians to practice medicine. We want you to help your patients and their families using your medical knowledge with minimal government interference.
MSDC advocacy happens at many different levels:
- We work with the Council of DC, especially the Committee on Health, to shape legislation to benefit the practice of medicine
- We work with our partners in the District executive branch to ensure health regulations are proactive on public health, protective of physician right to practice, and reasonable on who can practice health care.
- With the American Medical Association and national specialty societies, we lobby Congress and the Administration to ensure national health policy does not negatively impact physicians.
- Partnering with the AMA Litigation Center, we file amicus briefs and legal suits to protect physicians and reasonable health care practices.
Learn more about our work and successes below or using the links in the menu.
Resources for MSDC Advocacy
On December 8, 2020, the MSDC Board approved its advocacy priorities for the 24th Council period. You can see them here.
MSDC has different levels of support for legislation. Learn more about the MSDC Advocacy Rankings.
Learn more about MSDC's Advocacy Curriculum and how you can prepare to advocate for your profession and patients here.
Follow issues along with MSDC on our legislation tracking page.
DC Council Lobby Day
March 10, 2022 10:00 AM to 5:00 PMVirtualJoin MSDC and your colleagues in meeting with your Councilmembers to discuss physician practice issues.
Advocacy Dinner and Discussion
March 9, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMJoin us for a conversation on how physicians can best advocate for themselves and their patients in 2022. Plan on walking away with practical tips and to-dos.
MSDC Advocacy Committee Meeting
January 27, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMThe committee will discuss issues including prior authorization, oversight hearings, and healthy foods in hospitals.
Board of Medicine January Meeting Provides Regional Licensure Update
January 26, 2022
The Board provided updates, including on the licensed medical professional census.Continue Reading
2022 Looks to Be A Very Busy Year in Physician Advocacy
January 4, 2022
Physicians will need to be strong advocates for and against the major issues MSDC expects the DC Council to debate this calendar year.Continue Reading
Dr. Lecuyer: Balances The Weight of Policy Advocacy with Levity
December 29, 2021
Check out our newest member profile and learn a little more about Executive Committee member Dr. Matthew LecuyerContinue Reading
MSDC’s 2021 Annual Report Showcases DC Physician Achievements
December 28, 2021
MSDC’s 2021 accomplishments include increased physician wellbeing resources, major advocacy wins, and a growing and active physician membership. See the brief 2021 Annual Report video and 2021 highlights.Continue Reading