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surgeon-advocates have the opportunity to participate in
an in-district check delivery or attend a local event in Washington, DC. To learn more about delivering a SurgeonsPAC
check at home or in Washington, DC, contact ACSPA-
SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots Manager, Katie Oehmen, at
Get involved and stay involved
The involvement of surgeon-advocates is paramount to establishing an active relationship with federal and state legislators.
The key to successful advocacy is an engaged membership,
and you can help support this work by engaging in the following activities:
•Attend the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018, May 19–22
in Washington, DC
•Host a tour of your institution or practice for your federal/state
•Meet with your member of Congress in your home district or
in Washington, DC
With respect to meeting with your legislators, it is important
to bear in mind that Congress follows a set calendar of legis-
lative days in Washington, DC, interspersed with in-district
work periods (recess). A common misconception about a con-
gressional recess is that it is a vacation for the members of
Congress. Lawmakers typically will have numerous in-district
events and meetings to make the most of their limited time at
home. These periods away from Capitol Hill present a great
opportunity for surgeon-advocates to meet in-district with
their legislators and engage them on health care issues. Two
ways to conduct these meetings are to schedule a meeting in
the district office or to invite them to join you on a tour of
your institution or practice.
The ACS DAHP staff is available to help with these efforts
and can assist with preparations for a congressional meeting or facility tour. For more information on advocacy or
ACS policy priorities, contact DAHP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or