Why should you belong to a state society?
As with all national professional organizations, ASIPP is pleased to have 49 state chapters and an affiliate in Texas, representing the interests of the national organization. State Societies also represent the particular interests of their own states with their unique characteristics, history, etc.
Of major importance to ASIPP, as a politically proactive organization, is the fact that the State Societies have the ear of their Congressional representatives in Washington. Our Congressional representatives pay attention to these constituents. That is why our Capitol Hill Visits each September are arranged on a state-by-state basis with lobbying done by resident physicians (constituents) from as many states as we can get volunteers for. This constituent lobbying and our strategically focused ASIPP-PAC contributions have made our organization so effective and so successful in our efforts to preserve interventional pain management and establish our identity as a medical specialty.
Washington is where the most crucial legislation affecting our specialty occurs, but it all begins at the state level. The presence of State Societies not only gives our organization and our specialty credibility but also increases influence with our Congressional representatives.
At the state level, there are also medico/politico issues that can only be dealt with at the state level and need a vigorous State Society with its own agenda of action and lobbying efforts.
State Societies offer a vehicle for networking and support in a newly-emerged specialty with many growing pains. By becoming actively involved in your State Society, you not only strengthen our specialty at the state level, but also strengthen ASIPP as a national organization.