March 02, 2018
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education
Why? Because your voice is key to our success in the Capitol. Critical issues affecting physicians are being decided in the legislative arena at a fast and furious pace. The California Medical Association (CMA) has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers and advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advancing the cause of physicians and their patients is you.
Hearing from a physician with experience from the frontlines of medicine can make all the difference for a legislator facing a complicated health care issue. That’s where you come in.
Join more than 400 physicians, residents and medical students in Sacramento on April 18, 2018, for CMA’s 44th annual Legislative Advocacy Day to lobby your legislative leaders as champions for medicine and your patients. You will also have the opportunity go to the Capitol throughout the day to meet with legislators on health care issues.
“It’s just so much fun to go there with hundreds of doctors and medical students in our white coats and to let Californians know that we’re there to advocate for them, for the health system, for access to care and for the issues that matter to them,” says Los Angeles family physician Jerry Abraham, M.D., MPH, who has attended CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day for the past two years.
This is a unique event for California physicians and is free of charge to all CMA members.
“As physicians, we owe our patients the duty to represent them when we can, and this is a great opportunity to do that,” says Erica Hadley, M.D., a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital in Oakland who attended last year’s Legislative Advocacy Day.