Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

Monday, May 22 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Share Your Story and Advance Family Medicine

Join family physicians from around the country to represent your patients and your profession. Formerly known as the Family Medicine Congressional Conference, the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (The Summit) is the best opportunity for family physicians to gain practical, hands-on experience within the legislative process. Learn about the issues facing family medicine, how to share your experiences, and to confidently address elected officials with fellow physicians from your state ─ all in two days.

On the first day of the Summit, get educated on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, and receive training on how to lobby on Capitol Hill.

On the second day, put your new skills to use by visiting Congressional leaders and advising them about the challenges you face on the front lines of health care.

This year, AAFP is also introducing the FAMILY MEDICINE DAY OF ACTION. While Summit attendees are meeting with their Representatives and Senators in Washington, family physicians across the nation will promote family medicine’s contribution to “Improving the Health of Every American” at home.

Please check back often for Summit updates, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at  

Registration Fees

As of April 10th, the 2017 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit has officially sold out. We can no longer accept new registrations to the conference.



Schedule at a Glance

Monday, May 22 
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:10 a.m.Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.Introduction of Conference Issues and Special Guests
8:30 - 9:20 a.m.Health Care Reform 2.0
9:20 - 10:10 a.m.Physician-Focused and Advanced Payment Models
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Teaching Health Centers
11:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Keynote Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 p.m.FamMedPAC Update
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.Immunizations for Vaccine-Prevantable Disease
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.Presentation of Congressional Asks and Role-Playing Exercise
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Primary Care Policy Research
  • Direct Primary Care
  • Telemedicine
  • Lobbying 201
4:45 - 5:00 p.m.Final Thoughts: A Media Perspectives
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.State Delegation Planning
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.FamMedPAC & Grassroots Reception
Tuesday, May 23 
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast 
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Visits to Congressional Offices


Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
525 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Reservations may be made online( or by contacting the hotel directly. If calling the hotel, please be sure to reference the AAFP FMAS room block in order to receive the special conference rate. Please note that the deadline for booking under the AAFP conference rate is May 2.

Hotel stays outside of the dates of May 19 through May 22 may be subject to standard room rates. All reservations will adhere to standard hotel booking and cancellation policies.

Should the hotel sell out and you still need accommodations during the conference, there are a number of alternative hotels nearby. Please note that there is no established AAFP block at these hotels, but the following are very close/walkable to the Washington Court Hotel: 

Kimpton George Hotel( (0.2 miles)
15 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill( (0.2 miles)
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

“I’d personally encourage each and every AAFP member to become involved in the political process. Their future depends on it, and one way to definitively do this, is to participate in the FMCC program.”

— Joseph A. Lieberman III, MD, MPH

Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, FMAS educates participants on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, trains attendees on how to lobby on Capitol Hill, and allows participants to put these skills to use with federal legislators and their staff. Advocacy is a high priority of the AAFP and every family physician and educator can learn how to be effective in Washington and at home.