Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Advocacy Days

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Join us on November 12-13, 2019 for our upcoming Advocacy Days. This event provides members who are new to advocacy and the legislative process an important opportunity to go to Tallahassee and see the process in action. Simultaneously, this event is used to schedule visits with legislators to educate them on surgical issues and how they can help protect patients.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (6:00 - 9:00 PM)
6:00-7:00 PM:  Reception
7:00-9:00 PM:  Dinner & Presentations:

  • 7:00-7:15 PM: Welcome Remarks
    • Presenters: Chapter Presidents
  • 7:15-7:45 PM: Keynote Legislative Speakers
  • 7:45-8:00 PM: Legislative Prioritization for the Practice of Surgery in Florida:
    • Presenter: Rohan Joseph, MD, FACS, Chair, Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons Advocacy Committee
      • Funding for Stop the Bleed Kits 
      • Prior authorizations - improving access to care
      • Scope of practice commensurate with level of training
  • 8:00-8:20 PM: How to be a Surgeon Advocate? 
    • Presenter: Chris Johnson, State Affairs Associate, American College of Surgeons
  • 8:20-8:35 PM: Florida Surgical Update 
    • Presenter: Christopher Nuland, Esq., Law Offices of Christopher L. Nuland
  • 8:35-8:50 PM: Discussion: How Can We Work Together?:
    • Discussion: Invited Societies
  • 8:50-9:00 PM: Florida Medical Association Update
    • Presenter: Mark Dobbertien, DO, FACS, Surgical Specialty Representative, Board of Govenors, Florida Medical Association

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
8:00-8:30 AM:  Breakfast & Identifying "the Ask"

  • Presenter: John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, President, Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Presenter: Christopher Nuland, Esq., Law Offices of Christopher L. Nuland

8:30-9:00 AM: Walk to the Capitol & Security
9:00 AM-1:00 PM:  Committee Meetings & Legislative Visit at the Capitol Building

  • Stop the Bleed Training
  • Committee Meetings: As Scheduled
  • Legislative Visits: As Scheduled

1:00 PM: Debrief with Grab & Go Lunch

The reception, dinner, and breakfast will be held at:

Florida Medical Association Advocacy Office
119 S Monroe St, #201
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Be sure to check for speaker and agenda updates

Suggested Lodging:

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 West Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(866) 716-8133
Online Reservations

If making a reservation by phone, mention the FCACS room block for the group rate of $119/night plus tax.

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