On February 17-19, AMPAC conducted the annual Candidate Workshop in Arlington, VA. Twenty-nine participants took part from 19 states (AR, CO, DC, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, NV, NY, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, WY). The attendees included 17 physicians, 4 medical students, 5 spouses and 3 AMA/state society staffers. The program is designed for AMA members, spouses and Federation staff who are considering seeking public office or who want to know more about being a candidate for public office, and includes instruction in campaign strategy, fundraising, public speaking and the use of the internet and social media.
A great addition to this year’s program was Dan Morhaim, MD, an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates (and an alumnus of both the AMPAC Candidate Workshop and Campaign School). He spoke about his experiences as a physician seeking and holding public office, and reminded the attendees of the wealth of unique experiences they bring to public service. Dr. Morhaim, who was first elected in 1994 and is now Deputy Majority Leader in the Maryland House, told attendees he “wouldn’t have been elected” to office without having attended AMPAC’s training programs.
The program met with exceptionally high reviews from the participants, many of whom are seeking public office in this election cycle or next. Asked to rate the program on a scale of 1 to 4 (with 1 being “Poor” and 4 being “Excellent,”), the Class of 2012 gave the Workshop a 4.04, with one attendee awarding the Workshop a 5 on the 4-point scale.
When asked, “How did this [Workshop] affect your plans to be a candidate?”, the participants provided the following answers:
- “I am much more confident in my ability to succeed as a candidate as well as my understanding of all that is needed”;
- “Will be a much more informed decision”;
- “I’m thinking more seriously about running for office.”
AMPAC would like to thank Dr. Morhaim, all of our faculty and most importantly, our excellent group of attendees for another excellent Candidate Workshop!
A handful of slots remain for the April 18-22 AMPAC Campaign School, also in Pentagon City, for AMA members who wish to become involved in the political process as advocates and volunteers for medicine-friendly candidates. The school is organized around a simulated congressional campaign, where participants are put on campaign “staff” teams and attend daily lectures on campaign strategy, media advertising and political fundraising.
AMPAC has also announced the dates of the 2013 Political Education programs. The Candidate Workshop will be held on February 15-17, and the Campaign School on April 17-21.
For each of the programs, all costs for AMA members, except transportation to the Washington, D.C., metro area, are borne by AMPAC. For more information on these programs or an application, please see AMPAC’s online registration form or contact Jim Wilson, Political Education Programs Manager.