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As physicians face more frequent and intense challenges, it’s more important than ever that physicians be politically and legislatively engaged. Advocating on behalf of physicians and patients at the State Capitol is critical to the medical profession, and we urge you to join us for our annual advocacy event in Madison on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Click here to register today for Doctor Day 2015!
Last year’s Doctor Day helped get the physician apology bill through the state Assembly and ultimately passed. To build off last year’s tremendous success and participation, several physician organizations and specialty societies are once again partnering. We have an ambitious goal and hope to bring at least 250 physicians to the State Capitol on March 11. The day is timed well for physicians to be able to see their legislators, as well as having input on the budget and other important health care issues.
Prior to the afternoon meetings, participants will hear from three high-level speakers and will take part in an issue briefing. Lunch will be provided before participants head to the Capitol for their meetings. The day will conclude with a reception in downtown Madison. A tentative schedule for Doctor Day 2015 can be found online. Please plan to spend the entire day with us.
Staff members from the participating physician organizations will take care of all the preparations—scheduling your legislative visits and providing information about key issues for discussion.
If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you for your commitment to organized medicine. We look forward to seeing you at the Capitol!
Thank you to all who attended Doctor Day 2014 - Pictures Below!
The Doctors Day at the Capital on February 12th, 2014 was a great success. Around 200 physicians, residents and medical students attended, representing 15 professional organizations, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 23 Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Residents were among the attendees. A special thank you goes to:
Brent Boettcher, MD (resident)
Mike Bottcher, MD
John Burelbach, MD
Rose Campise-Luther, MD
Craig Cummings, MD (resident)
Christina Diaz, MD
Daniel Farber, MD (resident)
Julie Freed, MD (resident)
Molly Groose, MD (resident)
John Jochman, MD (resident)
Robert Koebert, MD
Joshua Lacey, MD (resident)
Robert Matthews, MD
Bridget Muldowney, MD
Jim Nicholson, MD
Kari Obma, MD (resident)
John Olson, MD
Matthias Riess, MD
Deb Rusy, MD
Joe Strosin, MD
Elizabeth Wilson, MD (resident)
Elizabeth Yun, MD
After a photo opportunity with Robin J. Voss, Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, we visited our respective Senators and Assembly members.
The topics addressed with our legislators were the Workers Compensation Fee Schedule, the former Apology now Physician Condolence Bill, Impalla reimbursement and the by some of us the Physician Preferred Medical Risk Retention Group legislation. Incidentally (or not..) the Physician Condolence Bill (AB 120) got scheduled for a full Assembly vote shortly after our visit. It passed the Assembly on February 19th, and is awaiting a Senate Vote.
The Doctors Day at the Capital gave us a wonderful opportunity to make our presence known, establish a relationship with our legislators and will help us to address issues affecting our patients and our profession in the future.
Encouraged by the impressive showing of physicians this year, we are hopeful to visit the Capital next year in even larger numbers. As soon as the date for the next Doctors Day is determined, it will be posted on our website. I am looking forward to seeing you in Madison next year.
Rose Campise Luther, MD, FAAP
President, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists