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.
Apply now for the 2018 Grassroots Leadership Program, which will take place on May 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Entering its fifth year, the Grassroots Leadership Program allows SIR members to come to Capitol Hill for an SIR advocacy boot camp and learn about current SIR policy issues and then take to the Hill to meet face-to-face with legislators.
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 the SIR. The SIR Government Affairs Committee will select up to 10 participants for this program . Applications are due April 2.
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.
Medical student Mithil Pandhi explains why he got involved through the SIR Grassroots Leadership program...and why you should too.Watch video
Being a voice for IR
SIR resident-in-training, Natosha Monfore, DO, talks about how attending the Grassroots Leadership Program, allowed her to share with lawmakers information about the interventional radiology skill set and put a human face to decisions about interventional radiology.