ISMA launching Physician Advocacy Advanced Leadership Program

The Indiana State Medical Association is excited to announce the launch of a seven-month Physician Advocacy ADVANCED Leadership Program, commencing in April 2024. The program, which will meet monthly via Zoom, is designed for graduates of the ISMA Advocacy Bootcamp and physicians with some advocacy knowledge who want to develop well-rounded advocacy skills.

Several distinguished speakers are already lined up for the program, including former secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Jennifer Sullivan, MD; The Corydon Group President Louis Belch; and Brian Neale, JD, former deputy administrator and director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The advanced courses will build on the knowledge acquired during the Advocacy Bootcamp. Participants will transition from learning how the legislative process works, to developing and applying advocacy skills through didactic sessions, helpful resource guides and hands-on activities

While all sessions will be held via Zoom, there will be an in-person symposium and reception at ISMA’s Annual Convention that all participants will be strongly encouraged to attend. The cost to participate in this exclusive program is $500. The program will be limited to 20 participants and offer up to 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and will include free attendance at ISMA’s inaugural physician wellness symposium during Convention weekend.  

A general outline of the program is below.

Friday, April 12
12 – 1 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Problem Identification and Policy Analysis
Presenters: ISMA Vice President of Government Affairs John Ruckelshaus and Director of Policy and Government Affairs Luke McNamee, JD

Tuesday, May 7
7 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Assessing and Prioritizing Policy Options and Developing Strategy
Presenter: Grant Achenbach, JD, Krieg DeVault LLP

Friday, June 14
12 – 1 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Building Relationships with Legislators
Presenter: Brian Neale, JD, former Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Tuesday, July 23
7 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Overcoming Challenges During the Legislative Session
Presenter: Louis Belch, president at The Corydon Group

Friday, Aug. 9
12 – 1 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Interacting with State Agencies
Presenter: Jennifer Sullivan, MD, Strategic Operations at Atrium Health

Friday, Sept. 6
Physician Wellness Symposium, in-person at the 175th ISMA Convention
Presenter: TBD

Session 7: Date and time TBD
Working with Media, Public Speaking and Running for Office
Presenter: TBD