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Doctors and medical students as lobbyists: How hard could it be?

Doctors and medical students as lobbyists: How hard could it be?

CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC invite physicians and medical students to attend Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Who: All CMS members, especially CPMG physicians and medical students
What: Public Policy Leadership Forum
When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Where: CMS/COPIC headquarters, 7351 E. Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230
Registration: Now open! www.cms.org/register

Advocacy in the public policy realm can be a powerful tool to effect positive change – if you understand the nuances of a powerful short game and strategic long game. The CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC invite physicians and medical students to attend a Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

You advocate for your patients every day. Take that advocacy to the next level by learning from some of the best in the business, getting the information you need and practicing the key skills for success in public policy advocacy. The interactive and action-packed program will cover the basics on the legislative and rule-making process, how to approach hot-button issues, the importance of knowing your elected officials and candidates, the mechanics of lobbying and real-world opportunities to get involved now.

Learning objectives

  • How to frame and pitch issues to elected officials, adjusting the pitch to the political environment and your audience
  • How to distinguish the meanings and obfuscations of an elected official’s response and intuit the motives and weaknesses of an adversary
  • How to identify the remarkably easy, user-friendly entry points into their world and how to capitalize on those opportunities
  • How to convert ideas into real-world public policy consequences, whether to advance policy or redirect it

Speakers

We are honored to feature an all-star faculty of health policy experts, legislators and physician leaders who will focus on the current public health crisis caused by opioid abuse and misuse to give participants the insider’s perspective.

  • The Honorable Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), member, Congress
  • The Honorable Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood), chair, interim legislative committee on opioid abuse
  • The Honorable Jack Tate (R-Aurora), member of the interim legislative committee on opioid abuse
  • Joe Gagen, JD, renowned legislative trainer
  • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region
  • Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, chair, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Joe Hanel, manager of public policy outreach, Colorado Health Institute
  • Benjamin Kupersmit, president, Kupersmit Research
  • Jan Kief, MD, CMS past president
  • Donald Stader, MD, CO-ACEP board member and CMS liaison to the interim legislative committee on opioid abuse

Who should attend?

  • Emerging and current physician and medical student leaders
  • Practicing physicians who want to have a broader impact for the profession and their patients
  • Physicians and medical students who have questions about how the public policy process works and how to engage elected officials face to face
  • Physicians and medical students who are frustrated with the current system and want to help make a change in health policy
  • Physicians and medical students who want to overcome the cynical belief that politics is futile

The event will be held at CMS/COPIC headquarters. Seating is limited to 85 participants divided between physicians and students. The first five Western Slope registrants receive a complimentary overnight stay in Denver. Registration is now open! Go to www.cms.org/register. Questions? Contact Dianna_Fetter@cms.org.