David Youmans, MD, FACR, Chair of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Radiology Advocacy Network, contributed this post.

Congress is back in session, and this year’s advocacy and public policy landscape is shaping up to be a busy one – with an increasing number of bills filed in state legislatures. Already, the ACR is tracking more than 200 bills introduced into state houses nationwide that impact radiology directly – including scope of practice bills in nearly every state. As you can see from using the ACR interactive state legislation tracking map, the need for physician-led advocacy is more paramount than ever.

ACR staff works tirelessly to support and advance our interests in the legislative and policy arenas, but few things have as much impact as direct contact from individual physicians like you and me who are working each and every day to provide maximum access and excellent care to patients throughout our country. Being a good advocate isn't difficult. It can actually be exhilarating and provides opportunities to develop rewarding relationships with other radiologists, ACR staff, legislators and their staff. Becoming an effective advocate, however, does require some training and guidance.

If you’re looking to gain a better understanding of the legislative landscape and learn how to effectively amplify your advocacy voice, I strongly recommend attending the 2022 Virtual Advocacy Boot Camp. On Thursday, March 10 from 7 to 9pm ET, I’m joining eight other speakers, including ACR staff, fellow radiologists and advocacy professionals, to discuss a variety of advocacy-related topics. As radiologists, our voices play a critical role in advocacy. Join me, and learn how to amplify yours.

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