• Prior to residency, Erin Lessner, MD, had the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill for the Senate HELP Committee and for my United States Congressman. These experiences illustrated the importance of becoming involved in advocacy.
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    The Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program at the Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., brings together participants with congressional lawmakers and leaders in ophthalmology to discuss critical issues affecting medicine. By sponsoring their attendance at the forum, the Academy trains residents and fellows to become effective advocates for their profession, both on the state and federal levels.
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    We have to work with other physicians, technicians and family members to achieve the best outcomes for our patients; advocating for both our patients and our profession is no different. No one person is an island and we cannot advocate successfully without working cooperatively. With each person‘s participation, we will continue to improve eye care throughout the nation.
    Written By: Susanne Medeiros in Advocacy
    When young ophthalmologist Meron Haile, MD, joined over 400 colleagues for the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum 2018 in April, she wasn’t just advocating for her patients and her profession — she was continuing the legacy of the late founding chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the Howard University College of Medicine, Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD.
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    During the Academy’s 2018 Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., more than 400 ophthalmologists descended upon Capitol Hill to remind members of Congress and their staff why medical and surgical eye care is integral to the lives of millions of patients nationwide.
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    At Mid-Year Forum 2018 and Congressional Advocacy Day, YOs learned the value of coming together with members of Congress to instigate change and shape the future of ophthalmology. Advocacy doesn't stop there. In these videos, YOs discuss the importance of becoming politically active at the state level and in your local community.
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    The Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program drew more than 175 ambassadors to Washington, D.C., this year. For many of us, Congressional Advocacy Day is the meeting’s highlight. But many ambassadors are unaware of another very important Academy advocacy event: the semi-annual Council meeting. Here’s a look at this important body that every young ophthalmologist should know about.
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    The Academy's YO Committee invited Advocacy Ambassadors to join the #MYF2018 MYF Video Challenge and share their Mid-Year Forum 2018 experience using social media. Here are the winners.
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    At the Mid-Year Forum, you'll learn the power of advocacy and how policy and politics affect your patients and your profession. But how can you continue to advocate after the event is over? Young ophthalmologists share their tips for staying involved at home.
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    As part of this year’s Mid-Year Forum festivities, YO Info editorial board member Andrea Tooley, MD, has kicked off the MYF Video Challenge, tagging YOs to answer the question, “Why do you care about advocacy?”