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, 14 Medical Practices and Orgs Suggest Telemedicine Allowances Remain
September 29, 2020
MSDC and 14 other medical entities sent a letter to the Mayor asking for permanent telemedicine, licensure waiversContinue Reading
MSDC Board Approves New Business Plans for Society
September 22, 2020
The MSDC Board voted on some major changes to the Society's strategies, including approving new entities to meet strategic goals.Continue Reading
MSDC Board Chair Dr. Bathgate Testifies In Favor of Dr. Montague Cobb Way
September 16, 2020
Dr. Bathgate testified in favor of a bill sponsored by MedChi DC to rename a street after DC medical legend Dr. Montague Cobb.Continue Reading
MSDC Leaders Testify Before Board of Medicine and Council
July 30, 2020
Three MSDC leaders testified on numerous important health topics yesterday, furthering the Society's mission to make DC the best place to practice medicine,Continue Reading