How—and Why—to Host a Political Fundraiser

Steven B. Wertheim, MD

By now orthopaedic surgeons should understand the importance of providing input to politicians—in Washington, D.C., and our home states—as they make decisions affecting the future of our profession.

Although many orthopaedists may think that their input “doesn’t matter,” others have discovered that politicians do listen to their constituents, and they understand that having a personal relationship with a politician is invaluable when that politician has to vote on an issue important to them. In many instances, our members have been able to give their input to the politician right before a vote, which wouldn’t have been possible if they had not developed a relationship with the politician beforehand.

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