On February 14-16, 2014, AMPAC conducted the annual Candidate Workshop in Arlington, VA. Despite a crippling Feb. 13 snowstorm that affected travel all along the east coast, 38 attendees participated, including: 24 physicians; 7 medical students (including 3 students who were stranded after the February 12-13 AMA Student Advocacy Day); 6 physician spouses/immediate family members; and 1 Federation staffer. The attendees hailed from 20 states (CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MD, NJ, NY, ND, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA). Attendees of note included AMA House of Delegates Speaker Andrew W. Gurman, MD and incoming Medical Student member of the AMA Board of Trustees Sam Mackenzie, PhD.
The AMPAC Candidate Workshop is the annual AMPAC Political Education Program for AMA members, spouses and Federation staff who are seeking to learn more about becoming and being a competitive candidate for public office. In 2012, 13 graduates of the program won election to public office: seven to the U.S. Congress and six to state and local offices. The Workshop features instruction for a bipartisan team of campaign experts in: designing a campaign plan, building a campaign team and grassroots organization, polling and survey research, digital and social media, television advertising, scheduling and building a political bio, press relations, public speaking and fundraising. Once again, AMPAC Alumnus and Maryland State Representative Dan Morhaim, MD provided a keynote address on the challenges and opportunities facing physician candidates for public office.
The Workshop was extremely well received by the participants; in fact, the Workshop was given a perfect overall score (4 on a 4-point scale) by attendees. This is the second time in 3 years that the Workshop received a perfect score.
Dates for the 2015 AMPAC Candidate Workshop will be released as soon as they are available. One or two physician slots remain for the AMPAC Campaign School, the political training “boot camp” for AMA member physicians, spouses, students and state medical society staff. Please see the application at www.ampaconline.org/apply and the current agenda at www.ampaconline.org/wp-content/uploads/AMPACAgenda_-2014_V2.docx. Please also contact Jim Wilson, Manager of Political Education Programs, at Jim.Wilson@ama-assn.org