Getting Involved in Advocacy

Three steps orthopaedic surgeons can take

Kristin Leighty

In recent years, orthopaedic surgeons have realized the increasing importance of taking an active role in advocating on behalf of their patients and their profession. Political advocacy covers a wide range of activities, including voting in elections, lobbying members of Congress and state legislators, and contributing to political action committees (PACs) or an individual candidate’s campaign. Engaging in political activities helps build relationships that in turn establish an open line of communication between the orthopaedic community and policymakers.

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