The Advocacy Ambassador Program provides residents and those in fellowship training an opportunity to participate in the Academy’s annual Mid-Year Forum with seasoned advocates and Academy leaders.
In addition to two-half day virtual Mid-Year Forum sessions on politics, policy and practice management on April 23-24, Ambassadors will participate in Congressional Advocacy Day being held virtually on May 5 as well as a dedicated session for them, L.E.A.P. Forward (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Practice Management) on May 20. Advocacy Ambassadors are sponsored to participate by societies — state, subspecialty or specialized interest — and/or the participants' training programs. In 2021, there are no associated travel costs as the events are all virtual.
- Engage and educate members-in-training early on about the importance of advocating for their profession by training future advocates for patients and for the profession
- Help members-in-training understand the importance of membership and active involvement in their respective state ophthalmology and subspecialty societies
- Expose members-in-training to critical issues in medicine being discussed by leaders in ophthalmology during Mid-Year Forum and Academy Council sessions. The council is the policy advisory body to the Academy’s Board of Trustees.
Advocacy Ambassador Program 2021
- Policy, practice management and politics sessions (April 23-24)
- Invited guests at Academy Council meeting (April 24)
- Congressional Advocacy Day (May 5)
-Congressional Advocacy Day virtual visits (scheduled by the Academy’s Washington, D.C., office)
-Societies sponsoring multiple Advocacy Ambassadors will be required to select just one (1) to participate in Congressional Advocacy Day due to limitations of virtual meetings with legislators.
- L.E.A.P. (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Practice Management) Forward session for program participants (May 20)