The MPL Association Fellows Leadership Program is a two-year program that engages healthcare professionals, particularly, member company board members and senior executives with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, and dentistry, for future participation in the Medical Professional Liability Association and medical professional liability industry leadership. Through the Fellows Program, the Association will work with and advise healthcare professionals with a specific interest in MPL issues, needs, and interests to partner with the Association as it carries out its mission to be the forum and voice for every entity in the MPL insurance industry with a commitment to the quality practice of medicine and provision of healthcare.

The MPL Association Fellows Leadership Program will require a commitment of time and effort on the part of the Fellow. The cost of the two-year program is $2,000.

If interested in participating in the Fellows Leadership Program, contact P. Divya Parikh at

MPL Association Welcomes New Fellows Class

Participating Fellows have the opportunity to serve on an MPL Association committee or section, or on an ad-hoc subject-specific advisory group. Fellows may also be invited to speak at MPL Association meetings or workshops and participate in special sessions in conjunction with the MPL Association Board Governance Roundtable, Data Sharing Advisory Committee, and other events.

The MPL Association is pleased to announce that a new two-year Fellows Leadership Program began in October 2019. R. Austin Wallace, MD, West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company, serves as program advisor for the class.

To access the Fellows Leadership Program Portal page, click here.

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MPL Association Fellows Visit Capitol Hill

The newest class of the MPL Association Fellows Leadership Program participated in visits with Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. The meetings on Capitol Hill included talking with member of Congress and their advisors in the House and Senate to discuss legislative and policy issues including the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act, telemedicine liability, cybersecurity, and comprehensive medical professional liability reform.

Left: MPL Association Fellows Melanie Blake, MD, and Katrina Hood, MD, meet with Congressman David
Kustoff (R-TN). Right: Dr. Hood and Dr. Blake meet with Congressman James Comer (R-KY).

Left: Fellow Joseph Deng, MD, Representative Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA), and Fellow Jordana Gaumond, MD.
Center: Dr. Deng, Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Dr. Gaumond.
Left: Dr. Deng, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Dr. Gaumond.

Left-right: Fellows Program Advisor Austin Wallace, MD, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Fellow Dara
Aliff, DO, and Divya Parikh, MPL Association.