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Society members, staff meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC

From left: Jerry Halverson, MD, U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil (Wis.) and Don Lee, MD. The Wisconsin Medical Society made its presence known on Capitol Hill this week. Society members Jerry Halverson, MD, Don Lee, MD, and Joanna Bisgrove, MD, joined Society staff Lisa Davidson and HJ Waukau in meetings with Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation and their staff to highlight two key Society priorities: increasing awareness of physician burnout and lifting the antiquated cap on residency slots.

This cap has not been updated since 1996, and Davidson said the Society is excited to support the bipartisan renewed effort from Congressmen Gallagher and Kind to introduce and advance legislation to address the issue.

“The landscape for residency programs has evolved, and the program needs to evolve with it to ensure we have the workforce needed for our patients now and in the future,” Davidson said. “the current cap is hindering Wisconsin’s ability to train and retain the next generation of physicians, particularly psychiatrists.”

The Society will also work with the delegation on an informational hearing on physician burnout within the 116th Congress to not only increase awareness, but to advance the conversation toward solutions.

For more information, contact Lisa Davidson or H.J. Waukau in the Society’s Advocacy and Member Relations department.

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