Governmental Affairs Conference

Washington DC Capitol Dome


2018 Governmental Affairs Conference
January 29-31 in Washington, D.C.

Make plans to join your colleagues in Washington at the Medical Association’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference. Protecting and promoting medicine’s interests on Capitol Hill is a never-ending responsibility that requires participation from physicians across all specialties. This is particularly true considering the magnitude of the health issues confronting Congress.

Due to the Congressional schedule, the format of the 2018 Governmental Affairs meeting will be similar to the 2017 meeting in order to increase participation from our Senators and Representatives.

Meetings will begin late Monday afternoon and will conclude mid-day Wednesday. For those arriving early to enjoy D.C., rooms will be available on our block at the discounted rate.


The Medical Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference will provide you this opportunity! During the conference, you will have the chance to personally meet your Senator and Representative and engage in discussions with them regarding medicine’s legislative agenda.

Travel Arrangements

Make your reservations directly through the Willard InterContinental Hotel by calling (800) 424-6835 or (202) 628-9100 or online at Use our Group Code MAS to reserve your room at the discounted rate. Hotel booking deadline is Jan. 2, 2018.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, January 29, 2018

  • Morning free for sightseeing
  • President’s Forum – 5 p.m.
  • Welcome Reception – 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner on your own


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • Breakfast – 7:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast Briefing and Issues (Update – 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
  • Capitol Hill Visit – 2 p.m.
  • Congressional Reception with Alabama Delegation – 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

  • Visit with your Representative and Senator in their offices


Meet Our Guest Speaker

Richard E. Hawkins, M.D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading not-for-profit organization that oversees physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards that its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists.

Dr. Hawkins has more than 35 years of professional experience ranging from his service in the United States Navy as an officer in the Medical Corps to leadership positions at national medical professional associations. Prior to joining ABMS in 2018, he served for five years as the Vice President for Medical Education Outcomes at the American Medical Association (AMA). There, Dr. Hawkins provided leadership for the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, a $13.5 million grant program supporting 32 medical schools that are transforming their educational programs to better prepare their students to succeed in the nation’s evolving health care systems. He also provided senior staff leadership to the AMA’s Council on Medical Education and Academic Physician Section.

Previously, Dr. Hawkins was the Senior Vice President for Professional and Scientific Affairs at ABMS. In this role, he led educational, assessment, and international initiatives. Prior to that, Dr. Hawkins was the Deputy Vice President and then Vice President for Assessment Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). There, he helped implement the Clinical Skills Examination of the United States Medical Licensing Examination, develop its assessment of professional behaviors program, and enhance the post-licensure assessment system for NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Prior to joining NBME, Dr. Hawkins was Assistant Dean and Director of the Simulation Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, he served in various academic appointments in the Naval Medical Corps, receiving numerous commendations for his service.

A well-respected leader in the fields of physician assessment and education, Dr. Hawkins has more than 20 years of experience working on various initiatives to evaluate and improve physician performance, and is co-editor of a textbook on the assessment of clinical competence. He has given more than 80 presentations; conducted 30-plus courses and workshops; and published more than 70 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Hawkins is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is participating in Maintenance of Certification.


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


How to Register

Click here to register for the 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference

Click here to download a conference brochure

Registration Fee – $150 (includes Monday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Breakfast, Tuesday Conference and Congressional Reception)
Saturday/Sunday room block available. Final agenda will be provided at a later date.