Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
Executive Director’s Message
From the Desk of the Executive Director
October 6, 2022

Greetings MDAFP Members!

Becky Wimmer - MDAFP Executive Director

We need you to help advocate for the matters that are most important to you!

Maryland’s 445th session of General Assembly seems far away, but time goes quickly and the session will convene in Annapolis, Maryland January 11 - April 10, 2023. Now is the time to get involved to represent Family Medicine and your patients and influence legislative and regulatory issues at the state level. Become involved in advocacy is the opportunity to create positive change and help us achieve our organizational goals. Consider being a Family Medicine Advocate with us that best fits your schedule and interests. There are many ways to engage and act:

  1. Join the Governmental Advocacy Committee (GAC) - The GAC advises the MDAFP Board of Directors on legislative and regulatory matters and recommends an annual legislative agenda to the board for approval. In addition, GAC reviews and recommends policy on all state and local legislation affecting the practice of medicine, scope of practice, access, public health and medical liability. The GAC also addresses needed position statements in governmental advocacy areas where MDAFP does not have an existing policy. Meetings are held monthly via Zoom from October through the end of the legislative session. Interested individuals should contact the office or Executive Director, Becky, for more information and to join.
2.  Volunteer to become a part of the Key Contact Program. By participating in the MDAFP Key Contact program, you can help the Academy make           its mark on legislation considered and passed by the General Assembly. Your help is invaluable as we work to ensure our voice is heard at the             State House.

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  Attend the annual Family Medicine Advocacy Day on February 9, 2023. Join fellow family physicians, family medicine residents and medical                 students throughout Maryland for this free legislative learning opportunity. Be part of this important process with your academy colleagues. Gain        insight into pressing legislative issues, take in helpful advocacy tips, learn how to convey your personal medical expertise, and become an active        voice in Maryland Legislature.

    The GAC is beginning its work to identify MDAFP’s legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Visit the website for more information. (This page will be updated as progress is made and available for the next session.)



    Becky Wimmer

    MDAFP Executive Director