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.
Advocacy Forum: What It's Like Testifying Before the Council
March 31, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMMSDC's March advocacy event will focus on testifying before the Council.
MSDC Advocacy Committee Meeting
March 18, 2021 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMThe Advocacy Committee will meet to discuss important legislation before the Council and Bowser Administration.
February Advocacy Event: Meet Councilmember Brooke Pinto
February 24, 2021 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMMSDC's monthly advocacy webinar will feature Councilmember Brooke Pinto (Ward 2)
MSDC Members and Guests "Design the Future of Medicine" at Annual Meeting and Gala
October 30, 2021
Despite a little rain, MSDC members and guests welcomed a new president and Board members, while mixing and mingling with VIPs, sponsors, and friends.Continue Reading
Advocacy Curriculum: Using Scary Stories and Treats to Advocate Your Position
October 28, 2021
It's not scary to talk about an issue before a policymaker, but be prepared with treats rather than tricks to make your point.Continue Reading
Study: Expanded Patient Record Access Leads to More EHR Inbox Messages
October 26, 2021
Implementing the CURES Act patient records requirement saw a sharp increase in messaging at one medical system, according to a new study.Continue Reading
DC Health Issues Temporary Healthcare License Declaration
October 7, 2021
The declaration creates a new application for a temporary license while healthcare providers await the outcome of their full license application.Continue Reading