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2019 Year in Review: Policy Wins for DC Physicians

Read about physician victories, community, leadership and more in the 2019 Annual Report 

District of Columbia Advocacy

The Medical Society represents the physicians and patients of the District in discussions with the City Council, DC's Department of Health and Board of Medicine and other members of the medical community. The Medical Society has been reviewing numerous healthcare bills and is working with key stakeholders on multiple fronts.


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Your Voice, Your Advocate

DC Advocacy

MSDC represents the physicians and patients of the District of Columbia in discussions with DC's City Council, Department of Health, Board of Medicine and others in the medical community. READ MORE

National Advocacy

MSDC works closely with the American Medical Association (AMA), and state and specialty medical societies to educate Congress and federal agencies on issues important to physicians and their patients. READ MORE

Local Implementation of the ACA

As health system reform evolves, MSDC ensures it is implemented at the local and regional levels in ways that support the patient-physician relationship and promotes public health in our Nation's Capital. READ MORE


Read MSDC's testimony for the January joint hearing on "The District Government’s Strategy and Actions to Combat the Opioid Epidemic" and MSDC's success in removing barriers to care in the opioid epidemic. 

DC Health's Opioid Awareness and Education resources.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: DC Opioid Summary

Mayor Bowser's LIVE.LONG.DC plan to reduce opioid addiction. 

Discounted Naloxone through  RxCard, MSDC's prescription assistance program. 

For physicians: DC Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.


More than 15,000 physicians from 29 specialties responded to a recent survey conducted by Medscape whose results are captured in the "National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019." This year, while not at the top, plastic surgery saw the biggest increase in physician burnout, climbing from 23% to 36%. Read more.


Behavioral Health
With so many public health issues in this city tied to behavioral health, parity legislation positions the District of Columbia as a model for the nation. Read MSDC's release.

Violence and Physician Speech

MSDC remains concerned about violence against physicians, health care professionals, and their patients. Read MSDC's statement on violence and physician speech.

Healthcare "East of the River"

MSDC is dedicated to helping the District provide world-class healthcare regardless of where patients are from or where in the city they choose to receive care. Read MSDC's statement on the debate over healthcare in Wards 7 and 8.


As part of MSDC's new vision, multiple groups are being formed to advance the profession of medicine in the District.
Whether your interests lie in policy, physician health or public health, or if you are a female physician or bright young physician, you can 
get involved. 
Read more.

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