A large part of this participation is direct financial support of federal
candidates seeking office. Just as important, however, is the grassroots and
political training the AMA and AMPAC provide to members of organized medicine.
Through AMA-sponsored and AMPAC-sponsored educational programs, members of
organized medicine are taught communication skills and are given detailed
information about the legislative process. Through these programs, physicians
(including residents), AMA Alliance members, and students are taught how to
establish an effective relationship with their legislators and how to articulate
medicine's position at the grassroots level.