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Doctor Day 2020 is January 29

More than 500 physicians and medical students from 20 different physician organizations are expected to participate in Doctor Day 2020.The event will feature policy breakout sessions, legal updates and priority issue briefings at the Monona Terrace Convention Center prior to visits with legislators and staff at the State Capitol. Headlining the event will be Charles Franklin, PhD, nationally recognized government scholar and director of the Marquette Law School Poll. Learn more and sign up today at

Doctor Day 2019 Headlined by Governor Evers

Key issues at Doctor Day 2019 included vaccines and the “personal conviction” exception to school vaccination law as well as ensuring access to important Medicaid services by addressing historically low physician reimbursement rates.

Nearly 400 physicians and students heard from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, and also participated in an issue briefing before heading to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.

ov. Evers, who was introduced by his daughter Erin Schoenecker, MD, praised physicians for the care they provide and asked for their help in ensuring access to care. “We need to have a health care system that works for all of us and we have to ensure that we’re protecting access to that affordable health care,” Gov. Evers said. 

Doctor Day is a partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations including WPA. The day-long event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policy makers facts and data on timely health care issues.

Doctor Day 2018 Draws Record Crowd

Doctor Day 2018 brought more than 450 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs on Tuesday. Key issues included a proposed Worker’s Compensation fee schedule, a bill allowing chiropractors to perform comprehensive sports physicals for high school and college athletes, and legislation removing the requirement for certain nurses to work in collaboration with a physician.

Prior to meeting with legislators at the State Capitol, attendees heard from speakers including Gov. Scott Walker, who highlighted his Health Care Stability Plan to lower individual health care premium costs, provide seniors with greater health care stability, and protect those with preexisting conditions. He also discussed recent initiatives to combat the opioid crisis in Wisconsin.

“Addiction knows no boundaries. It involves all of us,” he said. “Over the past four years I’ve had the honor of signing 28 pieces of legislation that have come out of the HOPE agenda, but there is still more work to be done.

“We can’t afford to have anybody on the sidelines, and that includes those suffering from addiction today,” he continued. “We need to get them healthy, back up on their feet again, and right back into the workforce where they can lead strong and healthy and safe lives and be a part of making this state even better going forward.”

In addition to hearing from Governor Walker and other speakers, attendees participated in an issue briefing before heading to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.

Now in its fifth year, Doctor Day is a partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations. The day-long event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policymakers facts and data on timely health care issues.

Strong Psychiatry Showing at Doctor Day 2017

More than 480 physicians and medical students registered for the 4th Annual Doctor Day, which took place in Madison on March 29th.

Doctor Day came together in an effort to maximize physician visibility in Wisconsin’s legislative arena, and therefore enhance our collective ability to advocate on healthcare issues.

It all began five years ago in a very informal way, drawing 80 physicians to a joint legislative day involving the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, and a few other specialty societies.

By its fourth formal iteration, Doctor Day has grown by more than 500%! Unique in the nation, the equal-partnership, multi-specialty nature of Doctor Day has quickly become one of the largest Legislative Day events in Wisconsin—and this year, Psychiatrists made up nearly 10% of registrants, representing the single largest specialty delegation! Stay tuned for information about Doctor Day 2018.

Doctor Day 2016
On February 10, 2016, over 300 physicians converged on the Capitol in Madison to let their voices be heard! Physicians and medical students from across the state met with legislators and their staffs during the event. Key issues included those critical to public health (the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] legislative agenda), patient safety (concerns over a bill allowing physical therapists to independently order X-rays) and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship.

During the event's morning session at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, attendees participated in a legislative briefing and heard from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Westlake, MD.

Doctor Day 2015 
Doctor Day 2015 brought over 250 physicians together to collectively advocate with Wisconsin lawmakers.

Governor Scott Walker, Senator Leah Vukmir and Senator Jennifer Shilling addressed the audience (which included more than 20 Psychiatrists) - each speaker in-turn thanking Wisconsin physicians for their work, recognizing the large gathering taking time from a busy profession to come to Madison, and encouraging physicians to continue to build their voices in the political process.  The remainder of the morning session included issue briefings by government affairs professionals including WPA lobbyist, Eric Jensen.

Issues addressed by Doctor Day attendees during the afternoon's Capitol visits with state legislators included expressing great concern about recent proposals to grant independent practice to Wisconsin's advanced practice nurses, support for legislation to include Wisconsin in the growing number of states joining the Interstate Licensing Compact for physicians, and expressing strong opposition to physician fee-schedule proposals being forwarded in relation to worker's compensation cases.

In addition, led by President Jerry Halverson, a WPA delegation presented Assembly Speaker Robin Vos with the Friend of WPA award for his work with the Speaker's Task Force on Mental Health during the 2013-14 Session, and thanked him for his continued attention to Mental Health issues which includes the creation of an Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform (chaired by Representative Paul Tittl).

Doctor Day 2014
In February, the first-ever Doctor Day was held in Madison, marking a cooperative effort that brought together nearly 200 physicians representing a dozen physician organizations to jointly lobby the Wisconsin Legislature. Designed as an equal partnership among WPA and other specialty societies, the Wisconsin Medical Society and other physician organizations, the day exceeded organizers' expectations and demonstrated the impact physicians can have working together. 

WPA Advocacy Day 2013
On September 12, 2013, just hours after the State Assembly Speaker’s Taskforce on Mental Health published its initial report, 20 WPA members gathered in Madison for WPA’s Advocacy Day. The day included presentations on a number of key proposals in the report, including updates on the Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Access Line, the HIPAA Harmonization bill, and the Primary Care & Psychiatry Shortage Grant Program. After several meetings at the Capitol with members of the taskforce and their staff, the day culminated with a unique opportunity to talk with State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos inside the Assembly Chambers.