The AMPAC Candidate Workshop was held on February 20-22, 2015 at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. As was the case in 2014, the Workshop saw a high level of interest, with 37 attendees, including 29 physicians, 4 medical students and 4 spouses. The attendees hailed from 24 states: AZ, CA, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI. Attendees of note included: Jeffrey Copeland, MD, President of the Missouri State Medical Association; Keith Davis, MD, President of the Idaho Medical Association; John Pagan, MD, former Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Medical Society; and Richard Osman MD, Chair of the South Carolina Medical Association Board of Directors.
The Workshop is AMPAC’s annual program for physicians, students, spouses and state society staff who are considering a run for public office. All the elements of a competitive political campaign are discussed by a bipartisan team of campaign experts. The topics included: campaign plan and message, polling, grassroots organization, crisis communication, social media and fundraising.
An additional highlight of the program was a visit from AMPAC Almnus Clarence Lam, MD, who was elected to the 11th District of the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2014 in his first run for office. Dr. Lam shared his lessons learned from the campaign trail with the Workshop attendees. He emphasized the absolute necessity of fundraising and grassroots contacts in running a competitive campaign.
The Workshop, once again, met with strong reviews, with the attendees giving the program a 3.94 out of a possible 4. Details for the 2016 Campaign School and Candidate Workshop are being finalized. Please look for a 2016 application for the programs soon!