Each legislative session, the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association provides volunteer physicians for the Doctor of the Day program. Volunteers have an opportunity to meet or renew acquaintances with their legislators and see the General Assembly in action. Volunteer today for this unique program that enhances the image of the Osteopathic profession.
Click Here to volunteer. We hope that you will reserve a date, and encourage your colleagues to participate. During the 2020 legislative session, TOMA’s designated ‘Doctor of the Day’ is each Monday.
Below is a report from Timothy E. Bell, DO, who served as TOMA’s Doctor of the Day on Monday, Feb. 10.
I had a very productive day on the Hill on Monday. It was a light day as far as committee meetings that were available to visit so I spent my time visiting with my state representatives and Sen. Ken Yeager. I had a nice long talk with Rep. Kent Calfee my representative from Roane County. He was very appreciative that we were able to talk about the issues that we were both interested in. I then met with Sen. Yeager and we had another very productive talk. Then Sen. Yeager introduced me to the Senate in their chamber meeting as the Doctor of the Day. I spoke with three physicians in the senate and a pharmacist. Then Rep. Calfee introduced me to the House of Representatives in their chamber meeting. There I spoke with Rep. Ron Travis from Rhea County and he was very energetic and encouraging. Before the end of the day I was able to help one of the representatives with advice on shoulder pain. He requested to speak with me because I am a DO. This was a good experience and I was able to make our message more personal. I encourage all of you to spend a day or two with your representatives in Nashville. If we can speak face-to-face our message will be more powerful. It’s great that everyone send emails and/or letters to our elected officials but a personal relationship makes a much more powerful statement. I was proud to represent all of you this past Monday. I hope I did you proud!
Timothy E. Bell, DO
Certified Osteopathic Family Physician
Dr. Bell makes a good point that developing a personal relationship with your state senator and representative is much more powerful than sending emails or letters. If you cannot fit in a day in Nashville, arrange to meet with your legislators locally, or make a point to speak to them when you see them at local community or service organization meetings. If you are unsure who your legislators are, find them by entering your address here.