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Student will participate in Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) legislative activities. Student will work with the Director of Government Relations (DGR) for the ISMA while at the Indiana Statehouse or meeting with ISMA physician members. Activities include, but are not limited to, research of health care issues impacting the citizens of Indiana, preparing talking points to be used in testimony on specific legislative bills during legislative hearings, monitoring legislative committee agendas and testimony, testifying before various Assembly and Senate Committees on health care related legislation. There may be additional opportunities to work directly with State Representatives and/or Senators on specific bills related to health care.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Director: Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Summarize the inter operations of state government (SBP3)
  • 2) Develop political networking skills with legislators, staff, and other professional advocates (SBP1)
  • 3) Apply critical thinking and problem solving (PBLI1)
  • 4) Develop the skills necessary to identify issues, research, and express potential solutions to the issues pertaining to health care and health policy (PBLI1)
  • 5) Analyze legislation for their effects on health care and the practice of medicine (SBP3)
  • 6) Develop public speaking skills (ISC5)
  • 7) Explain the importance and responsibilities of the Medical Licensing Board (SPB6)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Advocacy Course Rubric; (Student will be required to research legislation related to medicine, develop talking points, write articles for the ISMA newsletter, and keep a log of activities. They will have ongoing discussions with the ISMA DGR throughout the month regarding their progress. Final assessment will be done by the DGR with Dr. Gunderman's guidance. Dr. Gunderman is the final arbiter based on discussions with the student during their weekly evaluations).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 10% Lecture/Seminar; 90% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu ) Student will report to the Director of Government Relations at the Indiana State Medical Association each morning. The office is located at 322 Canal Walk, Indianapolis, IN.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None