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.
Action Alert - Join Our Practice Letter Calling for Expedited Licensure
May 26, 2021
MSDC and the medical community are asking for expedited licensure for local providers who meet the requirements and are licensed in Maryland or Virginia.Continue Reading
Advocacy curriculum: Tips and tricks for meeting with a legislator
May 25, 2021
Like in medicine, a little preparation in advocacy saves future headaches.Continue Reading
MSDC President Asks Congressional Leadership to Support Dr. Lorna Breen Act
May 25, 2021
The legislation would support burnout prevention and wellbeing resources for the physician community nationally.Continue Reading
Dr. Laurie Duncan Testifies to Council on Expedited Physician Licensure
May 21, 2021
Dr. Duncan spoke on the need for expedited licensure for local healthcare practitioners who meet the requirements already.Continue Reading