Doctor Day gives family physicians the opportunity to meet personally with their legislators and discuss issues within their field.
Registration is now open for Doctor Day 2018, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Madison.
Over 400 physicians and medical students are expected to gather and learn first-hand how to participate, and make a difference, in the legislative process. This annual event continues to grow, proving the medical community's unified commitment to advocating for issues affecting physicians and their patients. The multi-specialty nature of Doctor Day has quickly become one of the largest state Advocacy Day events for physicians in the country.
Plan to join your colleagues and participate in in Doctor Day 2018. The event includes participation by more than 20 different physician organizations, and will again feature keynote speakers at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center prior to visits with legislators and staff at the State Capitol.
On Wednesday, March 29th, 50 members of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) joined over 470 of their physician colleagues at the state capitol for Doctor Day 2017. The annual event brought together 22 physician organizations in an effort to advocate on behalf of patients and the healthcare field.
"Doctor Day was a tremendous success," stated Dr. Ken Schellhase, President of the WAFP. With a great response from both legislators and staff, it was an excellent opportunity for both physicians and state lawmakers to establish a relationship and discuss key issues facing the state.
WAFP Members: Drs. Karen Hulbert, Becky Lundh, WAFP Board Chair David Deci, WAFP President Ken Shcellhase, Alexandra Oleinik, Joanna Bisgrove and Alan Schwartzstein at Doctor Day.
Doctor Day gives family physicians the opportunity to meet personally with their legislators and discuss issues within their field, including: their opposition to the expansion of scope for nurse practitioners, political invasion into the physician-patient relationship, and support for the state's continued work to fight opiate addiction. In addition, attendees were able to hear from guest speaker and Wisconsin Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz and members of their field on legislative issues.
"Doctor Day fosters a unique connection between physicians and legislators, allowing participants to share personal experiences and firsthand medical knowledge. This type of open communication is vital to creating patient driven reform and continuing to provide the best care possible." Schellhase said.
The WAFP is a statewide association of Family Medicine physicians striving to promote excellence within the healthcare field and working to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through the advancement of the art and science of Family Medicine. With 2,900 members, the WAFP is the single largest physician specialty group in Wisconsin. In addition to practicing physicians, the WAFP also supports education and research programs for medical students and residents.