Legislative Conference participants will learn about issues and legislation that could affect the specialty’s future, receive expert advice on how to get your message heard by legislators, and help advance AADA’s legislative priorities by meeting directly with members of Congress and their staff to voice dermatology’s concerns.
Attendees do not need to be experts on health policy, the legislative process, or the legislators themselves. Participants are coming to Washington, D.C., as an expert in dermatology and patient care. At the conference, the AADA will provide you with background materials on your legislators, a copy of the AADA legislative priorities, briefing materials on legislation and training on how to advocate for the specialty.
The AADA schedules all Capitol Hill meetings for attendees. We use your home and office addresses to determine who your members of Congress are and then contact their offices to schedule meetings for you. Before meeting with your members of Congress and their staffers, the AADA will provide you with specific information about legislative priorities, talking points, and other resources.
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The 2015 AADA Legislative Conference will take place Sunday, Sept. 27 through Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The program is set to begin on Sunday afternoon and will adjourn by 4 PM on Tuesday.
Attendees must make their own travel arrangements to the conference and cover their own lodging at JW Marriott. However, AAD Meetings staff will make all attendees hotel reservations, based on the hotel dates submitted on your registration form, and send confirmations within 3 weeks of the conference start date. The special room rate for the conference is $289 plus tax per night.
The AADA will provide meals and snacks during the event.
Registration for the 2015 Conference is now open. Please note, the $100 registration charge is a deposit for your hotel stay at the conference, not an additional charge, and can be refunded any time before August 25, 2015.
If you would like to attend the conference, and will not be staying at the JW Marriot Hotel, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org to have your deposit waived (you must do this before registering).
The AADA awards several scholarships to residents who commit to year-long involvement in AADA grassroots advocacy. The AADA covers all expenses to attend the conference for each scholarship recipient. Past award-winners have stayed active by participating in grassroots email campaigns, meeting with their district Congressional offices, and actively participating in AADA advocacy-focused webinars and teleconferences. Following the Legislative Conference, AADA staff will follow up with award-winners to discuss a checklist of grassroots activities.
To apply for a dermatology resident scholarship, download the Resident Scholarship application form. Applications are due by Friday, July 31, 2015. For questions, email Abigail Osborne at email@example.com.