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Request an In-District Meeting
You don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with your member of Congress — meetings can be held right in your hometown. This is your opportunity to speak with them face-to-face about the critical issues affecting the urologic community.
You don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with your member of Congress — meetings can be held right in your hometown. When legislators return to their home districts, this is your opportunity to speak with them face-to-face about the critical issues affecting the urologic community.
In-district meetings promote the development of long-term relationships and position you as a trusted advisor on health care issues. Oftentimes, it is easier to meet with your Representative or Senator by visiting his or her district or regional office. Arranging a group meeting can improve your chance of a face-to-face meeting. You are therefore encouraged to pair with other urologists, physicians and residents in your area.
Understanding the many demands on urologists time, the AACU provides members with three ways to schedule an in-district meeting:
- Tips for an Effective In-District Meeting (PDF)
- Sample Letter: In-District Meeting Request (PDF, DOC)
- Sample Fax: In-District Meeting Request (DOC)
- Sample Letter: Follow Up Thank You to Legislator (DOC)
- Sample Letter: Follow Up Thank You to Staff (DOC)
- Sample Letter: Invitation to Patient Advocacy Event (DOC)
Requests for a face-to-face meeting with your legislator should be made at least 30 days in advance.
Typical dates of Congressional in-district work periods:
- Presidents Day (mid-February)
- Easter/Passover (March or April)
- Memorial Day (late May)
- Independence Day (week of July 4th)
- Summer (August to Labor Day)
- Target Adjournment (early October)
If Congress has not officially adjourned in early October, additional work periods will include:
- Columbus Day (October)
- Veterans Day (November)
- Thanksgiving (November)
Congress will usually be adjourned for the month of December and reconvene after the New Year.