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.
Mayor Bowser Issues Emergency Order Addressing MedStar's MCO Status
September 3, 2021
MSDC joins letter with DC Hospital Association, DC Primary Care Association, DC Behavioral Health Association, and DC Health Care Association urging Council and Mayor to create long-term solution.Continue Reading
Advocacy curriculum: How MSDC prioritizes bills in the Council
August 27, 2021
How does MSDC decide which bills in the Council to spend the most time on, and which to just watch?Continue Reading
MSDC Joins AMA, AAP DC on Amicus Supporting Minor Consent for Vaccines Law
August 9, 2021
The brief argues the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act is based on good public health and policy, and should be upheld.Continue Reading