Advocacy Resident/Fellow Training Program

The MSMA Advocacy Resident/Fellow Training Scholar (ART Scholar) program as designed to encourage residents and fellows to get involved with organized medicine through advocacy, professional networking, and leadership training. Residents and fellows who complete any SIX eligible activities during their training are recognized as ART Scholars at the Annual Session of the Mississippi State Medical Association House of Delegates in August.

To join the ART program, contact Sheryl Ashley, Technology and Data Manager at or (601) 853 - 6733, ext. 305 to receive your username. She will communicate directions on logging all ART activities going forward if you haven’t already received the information prior. The deadline to be included in the Annual Session program each year is May 31st.

The activities listed below are offered to give you a variety of ways to gain advocacy experience and get plugged in to MSMA. Plus, there will be other events throughout the year that will also be ART eligible in addition to the ones listed below. Completion of this program is a great addition to any CV and introduction into advocacy before becoming an attending physician.

ART Scholar Activities

Visit the State Capitol during legislative session with MSMA

See how the legislative process works and meet your legislators. We’ll help! Throughout the legislative session, David Roberts, Chief of Staff and Director of Governmental Affairs, is at the Capitol to lobby on behalf of MSMA member physicians. Every year, legislation is introduced that affects the practice of medicine positively or negatively. It is only with the support and involvement of our physician members that MSMA is able to effectively advocate for the practice of medicine. Contact David Roberts at to schedule a visit.

Serve as the Doctor of the Day with MSMA at the State Capitol

Each day a licensed Mississippi physician volunteers his or her time to provide medical care to legislators and their staff. Be introduced on the House and Senate Floor. You will also get a chance to work in the Capitol Clinic with MSMA staff. Contact Jackie Young for any questions.

Attend a Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure meeting

The Board of Medical Licensure issues professional licenses and serves as the regulatory board for the practice of medicine in Mississippi. Every odd numbered month, the Board meets publicly to hold disciplinary hearings, discuss proposed regulatory changes and evaluate collaboration requests, among other topics. As an observer, you will be exposed to the regulatory side of practicing medicine, a highly important area. Contact David Roberts at to find out about the next meeting.

Participate in Physician Membership Outreach Efforts.

Physician membership outreach efforts are a key part of our association. Participating in membership outreach efforts allows you to sharpen your interpersonal and communication skills, network with physicians, engage in learning the importance of advocacy and organized medicine, and affect the future of medicine in our state as your voice matters.  Contact for more information.

Participate in MSMA calls to action through Voter Voice

MSMA often calls on members to write letters, send emails or make calls to their legislators expressing support or opposition to a bill. Your voice is highly important; participate in calls to action sent from MSMA on Legislative issues. Stay on the lookout for a MSMA email regarding calls to action!

Attend the MSMA Annual Session

Each year, MSMA members gather to elect new officers, consider proposed resolutions, and commend the recipients of various awards. Here you can be an actual voting delegate and participate in the democratic process that steers MSMA’s efforts. Attendance is free and if you’d like to attend even if you’re not a voting delegate, you will need to pre-register online. Contact Sheryl Ashley at for additional information on registration.

Volunteer at a MMPAC event

The Mississippi Medical Political Action Committee raises money to support Mississippi’s elected officials who are champions for the practice of medicine. Contact us about upcoming PAC events or how you can get involved with the PAC. Contact David Roberts, Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs at for more information.

Participate in a MSMA-lead event whether it be community service, resolution writing workshop, or more!

Engage and learn at an MSMA-hosted event planned by MSMA staff or MSMA Resident Trustee. If you are interested in planning and leading your own event in partnership with MSMA, please contact

BONUS: MSMA is making waves in the social media realm of organized medicine. If you document any of your Capitol Day visits or Doctor of the Day or film a video or write a blog post—you may be eligible for an additional ART Scholar credit and contribute to content used by MSMA and their social media team.