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Calling all #Radvocates!
A primer for ACR Capitol Hill Day 2018
On Wednesday, May 23, radiologists and radiation oncologists attending the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting will have the chance to meet their congressional representatives during the highly anticipated Capitol Hill Day. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned advocate, follow these simple tips to make the most of this unique opportunity to engage with our legislators on pressing issues affecting our patients and our profession.
- Get in touch with your state chapter key contact
- Don’t miss the advocacy-related sessions at the ACR Annual Meeting (link: https://www.acr.org/Lifelong-Learning-and-CME/Meetings-and-Course-Calendar/ACR-Annual-Meeting#Program).
These sessions will provide an overview of key legislative and regulatory issues facing our profession and tips to effectively advocate for our patients on Capitol Hill. Some highlights include:
- Latest updates from the Radiology Advocacy Network and RADPAC® at the RFS meeting on Sunday May 20, from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., featuring David Youmans, MD, chair of the ACR RAN.
- RADPAC’s goals and accomplishments from its director and tireless advocate Ted Burnes at the YPS meeting on Sunday, May 20, from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
- Tips from seasoned physician advocates Loralie Ma, MD, Terrance Healey, MD, Jim Schlund, MD, and David Youmans, MD, on Sunday, May 20, from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., to learn how to strengthen advocacy programs at the state level.
- ACRA® Legislative Update and Capitol Hill Prep led by Josh Cooper, Chris Sherin, and Rebecca Spangler, ACR government relations experts, on Tuesday, May 22, from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., to hear more about the College’s legislative priorities.
- Participate in the RAN #Radvocacy Tweet Chat
Discuss the issue of “Scope of Practice/Physician Extenders” with colleagues across the Twittersphere on Tuesday, May 22, from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Visit the ACR government relations booth at the Annual Meeting
Come meet our resourceful government relations staff and pick up congressional visit materials to help prepare for your Capitol Hill meetings.
- Access #Radvocacy resources at your fingertips
- Follow @ACRRAN on Twitter (https://twitter.com/acrran) and include the hashtag #ACRHillDay2018 in your tweets
- Download the ACR RAN mobile App (”ACR Radiology Advocacy Network” on Google Play or App Store)
- Participate in RAN community discussions on the ACR Engage platform (http://engage.acr.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=c3b0829b-69b3-4cb9-88ec-1381d20f280f)
- Visit the RAN Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/207330079648841/)
In today’s political climate, it is imperative that we as radiologists and radiation oncologists continue to share our stories and our patients’ stories with our legislators to ensure our ability to provide high-quality care. What better way to begin the advocacy journey than participating in Capitol Hill Day 2018? Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 23 in Washington, D.C.!
Monica Wood, MD, is the ACR-RFS AMA delegate and advocacy liaison. She is also chief radiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.