Nonmedical professionals make decisions every day that can impact your practice and patient care. That’s why ophthalmologists must be on the front lines to advocate for ophthalmology and all the policy issues that come up in Congress.
After you schedule a meeting, how should your team prepare? The Academy has some tips for meeting with your elected representatives in Congress, beginning with planning your meeting and what to bring when you go.
Planning for the Meeting
- Decide what questions/topics to ask and stick to it.
- Select who will advocate for you.
What You Should Bring
- Take business cards if you have them.
- Bring a valid, government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state issued ID card, passport). It may assist you in getting through security.
- A pad and pen for note-taking
- Leave behind materials for the legislator or staff to share with the member of Congress.
What to Wear
- This is a business meeting. Dress professionally: That means a suit and tie for men and a pantsuit or dress for women.
- Be prompt and patient. Arrive at least 15 minutes to a half-hour early.
- Keep in mind that these are working offices. Schedules in Congress often change at the last minute and so do plans.
- Bring and review your talking points and background materials prior to the meeting.