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AMPAC Holds 2016 Candidate Workshop

On February 19-21, AMPAC began its third decade of political education for AMA members, holding the Candidate Workshop in Arlington, Va. Thirty participants (20 physicians, 4 students, 4 spouses/family members and 2 state society staff) came from 19 states (Az., Ca., Ct., DC., Fl., Ga., La., Md., Ma., Md., Ne., Nj., Ny., Ok., Pa., Tn., Tx., Va., Wa.).
The Candidate Workshop is AMPAC’s annual training program for AMA members and other friends of medicine who are considering a run for public office. A overview lecture on a campaign plan provides the foundation for intensive instruction in modern campaign functions—fundraising, social media and internet communications, polling, campaign message and strategy, public speaking, press relations—to name just a few. The keynote lecture was once again given by The Honorable Dan Morhaim, MD, elected member and Deputy Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, winner of the 2011 AMA Nathan Davis Award, and AMPAC Candidate Workshop/Campaign School alumnus. Dr. Morhaim talked about his experiences as a physician both on the campaign trail and in the state capital, reminding the participants of the vital impact physician legislators can have on health care policy on the state and local level.
The Workshop, along with the annual AMPAC Campaign School provide intensive political training to AMA members, spouses, and members of state society staff. AMPAC covers all expenses for AMA members, which is an extraordinary value for AMA membership. The value of the program also seemed evident for this year’s attendees, as they gave the Workshop a perfect score (4.0 on a 4-point scale). One attendee noted: “This was one of the best AMA programs I have attended. It was engaging and the knowledge I received was incredibly valuable.”
For more information on the Workshop or the upcoming April 13-17 Campaign School, please contact Jim Wilson of AMA Political Affairs.