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.
MSDC to Mayor: Thank You for Gun Violence Public Health Crisis Declaration
March 4, 2021
MSDC thanked the mayor for declaring gun violence a crisis and asked for more physician input in the solutions.Continue Reading
MSDC President Testifies at DHCF Oversight Hearing
March 4, 2021
Dr. Emanuel advocated for better support and reimbursement for physicians as well as funding postpartum care for 12 months.Continue Reading
MSDC Board of Directors Discusses Equitable Pay in Medicine, Unconscious Bias
February 23, 2021
The Board reviewed recommendations and reports on key initiatives including health equity in the medical profession.Continue Reading