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Advocate of the Year: Elevating the Voice of Tomorrow’s Medical Professionals

May 5, 2017

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Director of Congressional and Public Affairs

Over the course of the ED to MED campaign, advocates across the country have stepped up to raise the profile of the policy issues affecting their financial futures. From writing letters and drafting blog posts to tweeting with Members of Congress, our advocates go above and beyond to advance the ED to MED message.

From the many advocates that took action throughout the year, one student has been particularly outstanding: Caleb Hentges.

A third-year osteopathic medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM), Caleb is active both inside and outside the classroom. On campus, he participates in a host of activities, like student government and political affairs. Specifically, he serves as a member of the AZCOM Student Senate Executive Board and President of the Student Government Association for his school. Caleb is also a member of Omega Beta Iota: The National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society, which requires inductees to display a deep commitment to political activity and demonstrate excellence in health care politics. He also recently served as the National 2nd Vice Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.

Caleb’s passion for medical education advocacy extends beyond AZCOM all the way to Washington, DC. As an ED to MED Campus Ambassador, Caleb takes full advantage of all the grassroots campaign has to offer. Caleb consistently seeks opportunities to use social media to advocate on behalf of his fellow osteopathic medical students. During AACOM’s COM Day on Capitol Hill, he shared this tweet of his colleagues and dean advocating in the nation’s capital. Most recently, Caleb served as a panelist during ED to MED’s Town Hall, sharing the student perspective on the importance of advocacy and tips to stay engaged. Caleb also promotes the messages of others, helping to amplify ED to MED’s national reach.

Caleb consistently elevates the voice of his generation of future health care leaders, which is why he was named as the 2017 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year.

Caleb’s dedication to protecting the future physician workforce was also recognized by his Member of Congress. U.S. Representative Robin Kelly from Illinois’s 2nd District sent a letter to Caleb congratulating him on this special honor and for using his powerful voice to make a positive difference for medical and other graduate students across the country.

We would like to congratulate and thank Caleb Hentges for his hard work and dedication to the medical profession! His efforts are a true inspiration to other medical students on how their voices can make a difference. It’s because of advocates like Caleb that our campaign continues to grow stronger every day.

Want to follow in Caleb’s footsteps? Start today by getting involved with the ED to MED campaign.

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