Building Relationships: An Advocacy Axiom

Patrick G. Marinello, MD

As a young member of the orthopaedic community who is interested in advocacy, I found the “How to Host a Fundraiser for Your Member of Congress” webinar, sponsored by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Advocacy Resource Committee on June 29, 2015, not only fascinating, but also filled with great practical advice.

Presenters Wilford K. Gibson, MD; John T. Gill, MD; Michael E. Russell II, MD; and Fred C. Redfern, MD, shared their knowledge and experience. One of the key points they emphasized was the importance of building relationships with members of Congress. Building a relationship of trust and mutual respect is central to effective advocacy, and such relationships can develop through many channels.

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