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Pictured are Doctor of the Day Guy D. Foulkes, MD; Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, and Mrs. Lesley Foulkes.

AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2009

Bringing doctors and legislators together

The Georgia Orthopaedic Society and the Medical Association of Georgia have teamed up to provide free minor medical care to state legislators. The “Doctor of the Day,” a volunteer physician, treats sick or injured legislators and staff; most complaints are minor, such as cold and flu symptoms. Later in the day, the physician is introduced by his or her legislator to the House and Senate. Although physician lobbying is not appropriate at the aid station, this opportunity to serve helps build valuable relationships with legislators. Georgia Orthopaedic Society encourages other State societies to do the same. For more information, contact James W. Barber, MD (jbarber@bonephone.com) or go to www.mag.org/gov-rel/doc-cap.shtml