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An adjunct option to the “on-call” program is for a psychiatrist to serve as “Doctor of the Day” in Tallahassee. The Doctor of the Day program started in the 1960’s by a former House member, Representative Walter Sackett, MD from Miami. He encouraged physicians to serve in Tallahassee each day of the Regular Legislative Session. Physicians who are willing to spend a day in Tallahassee during the session perform an invaluable service by providing health care for members of the legislature and legislative employees. In addition, this program continues to be a vital component in improving and strengthening physician-legislator relations. The legislature needs two physicians for each day of the 60-day legislative session, one for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate.

While serving as Doctor of the Day, you would also have the opportunity to visit with key legislators and to attend legislative committee meetings. You will be fully briefed in the same manner as above. The timing of the Doctor of the Day program is from January 9, 2018 through March 9, 2018. Historically, many FPS members have participated in the Doctor of the Day program and found the experience extremely rewarding.

For additional Doctor Of The Day Program Information Click HERE

To download an application for the Doctor Of The Day Program Click HERE

Florida Psychiatric Society’s
Legislative
Key Contact Program

The practice of psychiatry is under assault by psychologists in Florida who seek prescriptive authority. Following a trend seen in at least a dozen other states, Florida psychologists are currently lobbying our state legislature to pass a bill allowing for psychologists to prescribe medications to patients. In order to thwart this on-going effort, the Florida Psychiatric Society (FPS) needs psychiatrists throughout Florida to actively engage to confront and oppose the psychologists’ lobbying effort head-on.

FPS is working collaboratively with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to organize a comprehensive lobbying, grassroots and media effort focused on the key messages of patient safety, the criticality of medical/science-based training and the overall complexity of prescribing medications to patients. The best and most effective messengers in this lobbying effort are psychiatrists themselves. FPS has a grassroots team ready to involve psychiatrists around the state in this lobbying effort. All we need are psychiatrists who wish to protect their profession. Our lobbying team in Tallahassee, Metz, Husband & Daughton (MHD), is directly assisting the FPS in this effort. Aimee Diaz Lyon and Patricia Greene with the MHD Team will serve as our day-to-day points of contact for this important effort.

Click HERE for three key areas where the FPS needs your direct help.

Thank you for your consideration of this vital component to our efforts., if you are willing to join the effort to help protect your profession, please contact Margo Adams, Executive Director, Florida Psychiatric Society margo@floridapsych.org (800) 521-7465 OR patricia.greene@MHDFirm.com

 

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