In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Physician Day on the Hill is going virtual this year, and being extended to include a full week of virtual advocacy and legislative engagement opportunities. Attendance is open to any physicians, residents, medical students, or clinic administrators in the state. You can sign up to participate in some or all of the week’s events, many will be available on demand to participate whenever works best with your schedule.
Monday: Week on the Hill Action Alert We start the week with an email action alert. Our quick and easy action alert system will match you with your individual legislators. IMS will prepare a draft message, which you can personalize and send at any time. This is your opportunity to remind your legislators that tort reform matters to their constituents and for you to schedule a time to meet virtually with them during this week.
Tuesday: Virtual Advocacy Briefing & Week on the Hill Keynote (Live Via Zoom 12:00-1:00 pm). This live virtual event will start with a legislative briefing from the IMS lobbying team. They’ll share the latest updates on the tort reform efforts at the capitol, as well as tips and tricks for effective conversations with your legislators. A key member of the policymaking process will join us as the keynote speaker to share their thoughts on the tort reform fight this session. Watch IMS publications for additional information on this speaker soon!
Zoom Link: https://www.iowamedical.org/event-3865028
Wednesday: Virtual Legislative Visits. Wednesday would normally be the in-person Physician Day on the Hill. While we can’t be together in-person this year, we can still make sure the physician voice is heard loud and clear. PWOTH participants are encouraged to schedule their individual legislator virtual visits on Wednesday to show a coordinated effort to speak up on this important issue. If you’re not able to schedule your virtual visit on Wednesday, we encourage you to still connect with your legislators at some point this week.
Virtual Visit Instructions here
Thursday: Physicians-In-Training Day. Iowa’s current medical liability climate is already having a negative impact on several Iowa residency programs and making Iowa a less favorable place to practice. On Thursday, medical students, residents, and fellows are encouraged to schedule their virtual legislator visits and focus on how tort reform is impacting medical education and physician recruitment to our state.
Decisions made by Iowa’s General Assembly have an impact every day on physicians, patients, and the practice of medicine in our state. To educate lawmakers and ensure physicians have a voice in the legislative process, we invite you to join your colleagues from across Iowa for this virtual week of grassroots advocacy. Register today!
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