Advocacy and Outreach

Grassroots Leadership Program

Taking IR to Capitol Hill

The society's Grassroots Leadership Program, which debuted in 2014, offers interested SIR members from across the country the opportunity to engage with their elected senators and representatives and key congressional staff about the policy issues that impact interventional radiologists.

Through the Grassroots Leadership Program, our doctors meet face-to-face with lawmakers to share their expertise and put a human face to decisions about interventional radiology.

Over a two-day period in Washington, D.C., SIR members attend a four-hour advocacy boot camp, gaining an overview of the advocacy process and understanding of society policy issues (for example, funding for graduate medical education residency slots or non-opioid pain treatments). They then take to Capitol Hill to convey the value of IR, discuss advances in the specialty, share examples of innovation and articulate other important messages that are vital to the specialty. 

Participants will leave Washington, D.C., as official SIR grassroots regional leaders and take away the experience of becoming SIR advocates. The cost of the program, including travel and lodging, are covered by SIR.

The 2018 Grassroots Leadership Program will take place on May 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Applications are now closed. Watch this space for information about the next opportunity to participate.

<p>Twelve SIR members visited Capitol Hill on May 15–16, 2018, for SIR's fifth annual Grassroots Leadership Program: Jeremy D. Collins, MD; Waleska M. Pabon-Ramos, MD, MPH, FSIR; Kristi Bogan, MD; Jesse Chen, MD; Charles (Chuck) Martin, MD; Teodora Bochnakova, MD; Diane Szaflarski, DO; Mircea Cristescu, MD, MBA; Enn A. Chen, MD; Elie R. Balesh, MD; Casey Branach, MD; and Tina Sankhla, MD.                                                                                                                                                            </p>

Twelve SIR members visited Capitol Hill on May 15–16, 2018, for SIR's fifth annual Grassroots Leadership Program: Jeremy D. Collins, MD; Waleska M. Pabon-Ramos, MD, MPH, FSIR; Kristi Bogan, MD; Jesse Chen, MD; Charles (Chuck) Martin, MD; Teodora Bochnakova, MD; Diane Szaflarski, DO; Mircea Cristescu, MD, MBA; Enn A. Chen, MD; Elie R. Balesh, MD; Casey Branach, MD; and Tina Sankhla, MD.                                                                                                                                                            

Promoting interventional radiology

Through these meetings we hope that members of Congress will meet with interventional radiologists when they return to their districts and, most importantly, continue to recognize SIR as a primary staff resource when they are called upon to make important decisions related to the specialty. For more information on SIR's Grassroots Leadership Program, contact Doug Huynh, SIR's director of government and policy affairs, via email or phone at (703) 460-5585.

Why participate in the Grassroots Leadeship Program

Tina Sankhla talks about her experience on Capitol Hill with the SIR Grassroots Leadership Program.

Watch video

Being a voice for IR

Jesse Chen, Mircea Cristescu and Diane Szaflarski, SIR residents in training, talk about their experiences on Capitol Hill with the SIR Grassroots Leadership Program.