By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
For many, awards season means Oscar ballots, teary-eyed speeches, and curling up on the couch to watch the action unfold. But for our advocates, the season is a reminder that we’re one month closer to announcing the ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year!
This award is presented to an advocate who has gone above and beyond to fight for the future health care workforce and patients around the country. In addition to raising their voice, this stand out advocate has made advocacy a priority in their lives, led by example, and encouraged others to get involved. If this sounds like you, follow these key recommendations to keep your advocacy efforts strong.
Strength in Numbers
Advocacy is all about strength in numbers, so why not encourage others to get involved? Tap into your network of fellow medical students, residents, and colleagues and encourage them to get on board. Keep the chain of advocacy going and ask your friends to share the message with their peers.
Social media is one the simplest ways to raise awareness for policy issues impacting the future health care workforce. Hashtags like #SaveGradPLUS and #SavePSLF can help you connect with other advocates and spread your message to Congress. Take it a step further by tagging ED to MED on Facebook and Twitter so we can share your post.
Sport Your (ED to MED) Button
Advocacy doesn’t have to stay within your existing community. When you wear your ED to MED button, you open up the conversation to anyone—from peers to strangers. Need a button of your own? You can pick one up at Educating Leaders 2020.