Advocacy Bootcamp

Advocacy Bootcamp

Advocacy Bootcamp 

Leadership Training Program


Accredited for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


July – November 2023






Registration is required and restricted to ISMA members only.
Capacity is limited to the first 25 registrants.  

Fee: $300




Program description:


“Advocacy Bootcamp” is ISMA’s inaugural advocacy leadership training program.  The goal of this hybrid program is to support and develop active, effective health policy advocates from among ISMA’s most engaged members.


Zoom or in-person sessions led by ISMA’s Government Relations (GR) team and other subject-matter experts will take place at noon one day each month from July through November 2023.  Participants will also take part in Physician Advocacy Day during ISMA’s Annual Convention weekend.  


Bootcamp schedule:

Friday, July 14
12 – 1 p.m. ET via Zoom
Presenter:  GR team
Physician Advocacy Recruit Orientation

  • How policy is made in Indiana.
  • How physician can participate in the process.
  • How the Indiana legislative process works.
  • Ways ISMA advocates within each area.
  • Navigating the Indiana government website.

Friday, Aug 18
12 – 1 p.m. ET via Zoom
Presenter:  GR team
Physician Advocacy Basic Training

  • Policy assessment
  • Strategy
  • Framing
  • Letter writing
  • Navigating ISMA’s website

Friday, Sept. 8
1 – 3 p.m. ET live in-person (at Convention Hotel - Embassy Suites, Plainfield) 
Presenter:  TBD
Physician Advocacy Day at Convention

Details to come.

Friday, Oct. 13
12 – 1 p.m. ET via Zoom
Presenter:  David Norris, MD, MBA, practice consultant and educator
Physician Advocacy SITREP (Situation Report): The Importance of Emotional Intelligence on Leadership and Negotiations

  • Framework for better self-awareness and self-management.
  • Insight and understanding of social awareness and relationship management.
  • Blind spots and pitfalls of the various personality styles we inherently possess.

Friday, Nov. 17
1 – 4 p.m. ET live in-person (at Indiana Statehouse, Room 431 - Senate Committee Room)
Presenter:  Pete Friedmann, Friedmann Communications, Inc.
Physician Advocacy Operational Readiness

  • How to prepare for meetings with policy makers.
  • Best practices in meetings with policy makers.
  • Role-play a practice meeting.
  • Evaluation and execution of appropriate follow-up to meetings with policy makers.


CME information

Designation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) designates this live hybrid activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Policy: In accordance with The Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, educational programs sponsored by the ISMA must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Prior to the activity, all faculty, authors, editors and planning committee members participating in an ISMA-sponsored activity are required to disclose to attendees any financial relationships with an “ineligible company” whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Statement:  There are no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company to identify, mitigate or disclose because the content of this activity is non-clinical in nature.


If you have questions, contact ISMA Continuing Medical Education staff at 800-257-4762 or

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  June 30, 2023, at 11:30 PM ET

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7/14/2023 12:00 PM - 11/17/2023 4:00 PM
Hybrid (Zoom and In-Person) Indianapolis, IN 46202 UNITED STATES