By Pamela Murphy, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations
The ED to MED campaign was founded just over two years ago to magnify the voices of the passionate advocates who amplify our message to policymakers in support of the future physician workforce to strengthen our health care system. Over the last year, the ED to MED national partners have joined together in the fight to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Grad PLUS Loan Programs. Our advocates continue to urge Congress to support the future health care workforce.
The diligent work of each of our advocates over the past year has been a true inspiration, and of the many advocates that helped spread the ED to MED message, one student’s notable efforts stood out.
We are pleased to honor Farrah Rink, the 2018 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year!
A third-year student at the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Farrah has taken an active role in both student government and government affairs. She is the First-Year Liaison on the National Board of Directors for the Omega Beta Iota Political Action Honor Society, whose inductees are hallmarked by their steadfast commitment to political activity in health care politics. Farrah also served as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.
Farrah has been a consistently outspoken ED to MED advocate. As a campus ambassador, she elevates her voice on social media, speaking up strongly on behalf of her fellow osteopathic medical students. In the moments when we critically needed engagement from our community, Farrah stepped up to the challenge.
Her advocacy has inspired her colleagues to become more civically engaged. She authored an ED to MED blog post about how federal financial aid programs enabled her to become the first member of her family to attend college and medical school. Farrah also dedicated time to advocating for policies impacting the future health care workforce and joined her school in bolstering the profile of graduate student debt issues during AACOM’s 2017 COM Day on Capitol Hill.
Farrah’s efforts are invaluable to the ED to MED campaign. We congratulate her for her hard work and contributions to the osteopathic medical education community and were honored to present the ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year award to Farrah during the 2018 AACOM Annual Conference. Her efforts are an inspiration to students and advocates across the country. Individuals such as Farrah illustrate how unified voices can make a difference by turning advocacy into action.
Interested in becoming the 2019 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year? Start your advocacy today by joining the ED to MED campaign.