Introduction to Advocacy
The following links are offered as tools to MedChi members and allies seeking to become better advocates for physicians, patients, and the public health. For additional information, please contact MedChi's Annapolis office at 410-539-0872 or 800-492-1056, ext. 6001.
Have you Signed Up to be Physician of the Day?
MedChi is now staffing the First Aid Room in Annapolis for the upcoming 2017 legislative session. The First Aid Room, located in the basement of the State House, is equipped with oxygen, a hospital bed, wheelchair, crutches, thermometers, stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff. There are also a variety of over-the-counter medications provided including aspirin, cough and cold preparations, and antacids. A nurse is also on the premises every day to assist the Physician of the Day, giving the physician more time to spend in the chambers observing the Senate and House. Volunteers are asked to bring their own prescription pads.
We hope you will volunteer during the 2017 session. Emeritus Physicians, who have an active license, are also encouraged to participate. Time slots to volunteer include Monday evenings from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm, and Fridays from 9am to 1pm throughout the session, as most legislators leave after lunch on Friday. There will also be a schedule of hearings and meetings that deal with health-related issues posted right in the First Aid Room. Volunteers are encouraged to attend these meetings as well.
If you are interested, please contact Yelena Shapiro at (410) 539-0872 ex. 6001, or respond by fax. The Legislative Session runs from Wednesday, January 11, through Monday April 10, 2017.
Physician's House Call on Annapolis
Each year during the legislative session, MedChi’s component medical societies assemble at MedChi’s Annapolis office to hold their annual legislative meetings. During your legislative day in Annapolis, you will have the opportunity to meet with the legislators from your district an observe the session proceedings of the House or Senate. Participants are provided with talking points on issues and bills important to MedChi, as well as MedChi’s legislative agenda and legislative newsletter.
To sign up for the Physician's House Call, click here.