April 6, 2012
Dr. Erin Grady, the first recipient of the SNM Robert E. Henkin Government Fellowship, spent the week of March 19, 2012 visiting Capitol Hill and government agencies to learn first-hand how the federal legislative and regulatory process impacts nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
On March 20, Dr. Grady spent the day on Capitol Hill discussing important issues such as Dexa Reimbursement, RBMs and CARE legislation. She met with Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and the Legislative Assistants for Senator Carper (D-DE), Senator Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Carney (D-DE). Later in the week, Dr. Grady met with Orhan Suleiman, PhD; Dwaine Rieves, M.D.; and Lucie Yang, M.D., PhD from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Stuart Caplan, Technical Advisor from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Peter Herscovitch, M.D. from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Said Daibes, PhD, Health Physicist from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
The purpose of the Robert E. Henkin fellowship is to provide young and highly motivated Nuclear Medicine professionals, like Dr. Grady, direct personal exposure to government relations activities of the SNM as well as state and federal legislation and regulatory process. This unique opportunity allows the fellow to return to their occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and better prepared to contribute to the practice of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
When asked about her overall experience of the Robert E. Henkin fellowship, Dr. Grady responded, “This past week has been an invaluable experience. I feel that I now have a better understanding of how the different agencies, Congress and the SNM intersect. This will help me more effectively communicate the needs of the nuclear medicine physician and advocate for the most important focus of the profession, our patients.”
Dr. Grady with Senator John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY, left); Dr. William Rogers (CMS, center); Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO, right) meet on Capitol Hill.