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Thursday, March 1, 2001

Orthopaedic PAC helps AAOS fellows learn about advocacy

This year, the Orthopaedic PAC offers two opportunities for AAOS fellows to learn more about political advocacy at the federal level. The PAC booth will be open Wednesday through Sunday just outside of Hall D in the Moscone Convention Center.

Everyone who visits the booth will receive a souvenir. In addition, the PAC will host a cocktail reception on Thursday in the north lobby of the Moscone Convention Center, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for members of the PAC and anyone else interested in learning more about it.

In just two years, the Orthopaedic PAC has collected more than $500,000, positioning itself as a "player" within the healthcare community. The PAC's fundraising efforts have been very successful when compared to the amounts received by the "old" non-connected orthopaedic PAC. Because political, social, and economic changes are having dramatic affects on the practice of orthopaedics, it will be important for the PAC to continue to grow. Unfortunately, the practice of medicine is generally running well behind others when it comes to participating in the political process-and that places orthopaedics at a considerable disadvantage. A PAC helps promote the interest of the orthopaedic community and gives orthopaedic surgeons the opportunity to help shape legislation affecting our livelihoods.

The Orthopaedic PAC complements the efforts of the AAOS Washington Office as they advocate on behalf of AAOS members. While issues such as prescription drugs and a patient's bill of rights are front-page headlines and the attention of members of Congress, other issues, such as regulatory relief for physicians, and anti-trust reform are below the radar. Members of Congress must be educated on these issues and this must take place both on Capitol Hill and in-district in their home offices.

Many local orthopaedists have recognized the importance of political action and have either hosted events in their homes for members of Congress, or attended fundraisers on behalf of the Orthopaedic PAC. Combined, these efforts can result in political action. Stop by the PAC and learn how you can be a part of this process.

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