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AACOM GR Recommends ED to MED Summer Reads

June 13, 2019

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

With the first official day of summer quickly approaching, now is a great time to plan your summer reading list. AACOM’s Office of Government Relations staff looked back at this year’s ED to MED blog posts to recommend some inspiring, educational, and entertaining summer reads. Enjoy!

Mary-Lynn Bender, Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
Guest Blog: OMS Day of Wellness: A Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents Initiative

By Katie Hockensmith, OMS-II, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University

Katie Hockensmith, a second-year student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, discusses the importance of prioritizing wellness in medical school and ways in which the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents has championed this cause through its Mental Health Awareness Task Force and the OMS Day of Wellness, an event designed for osteopathic medical students across the country to bring recognition to the mental health challenges they face and address the stigma associated with mental health. This blog post showcases the positive impact student advocacy can make while raising awareness of the many stressors these future physicians face, including financing their education and managing their student debt.

 

Traci Royall, Executive Assistant for Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
From the Telegraph to Twitter: Reaching Congress in 2019

By Mary-Lynn Bender, Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

Communication has become unbelievably easier and more advanced since Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message 175 years ago. It is our duty to take advantage of current technology to vigorously advocate for the Grad PLUS and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Programs as Congress negotiates the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

In this blog post, we are reminded of the ease and multiple communication platforms we have at our fingertips and are encouraged to utilize these tools to urge our lawmakers to protect osteopathic medical students’ ability to obtain federal financial aid and loan forgiveness.

 

Julie Crockett, Senior Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager
Guest Blog: Strength in Numbers

By Alixandria Fiore, OMS-IV, Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, National Director, Omega Beta Iota: National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society

In her blog post, “Strength in Numbers,” Alixandria Fiore, a graduate of Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine who served as the National Director for Omega Beta Iota (OBI), discusses the importance of community and joining together to advocate and make a difference. As the only political honor society for osteopathic medical students, OBI works to tackle policy issues impacting the osteopathic medical community, and through their national partnership with ED to MED, Alixandria explains that OBI has seen an almost 200% increase in membership application numbers. Together, OBI and ED to MED are making huge strides in raising awareness of the importance of key federal programs such as PSLF and Grad PLUS, demonstrating how strength in numbers really does make a difference.

 

Christine DeCarlo, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
Guest Blog: Primary Care, PSLF, and Protecting the Underserved

By Natalie Torrente, OMS-III, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Like many osteopathic medical students, Natalie Torrente, a third-year student at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, is motivated to pursue a career in medicine because of her desire to make a difference and help those in need. Specifically, Natalie is passionate about positively impacting the health and wellness of Hispanic communities, a calling that has been reinforced by her life experiences, from interpreting for her attending physician and a Spanish-speaking patient to investigating the interrelationships between health care and globalization. Natalie’s story is an inspiring example of why diversity among our future physician workforce is so important, and why Congress should invest in programs that enable all patients to receive access to the high-quality care they need.

 

Ali Tran, Policy and Regulatory Analyst
Spelling Success in Advocacy: Important Acronyms to Know

By Mary-Lynn Bender, Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

In honor of Scrabble Day, Mary-Lynn’s post demystifies the often-confusing acronyms of HEA, PSLF, and FAFSA and shows that they’re more than just random letters. Instead, they’re acronyms for legislation and programs that have a critical impact on the future health care workforce. Understanding them can help you relay a set of winning messages that score high in advocacy.

 

 

Joy De Guzman, Government Relations Associate
Your ED to MED Questions Answered by Dr. Seuss

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

On the 115th birthday of Dr. Seuss, Mary-Lynn provides a primer on everything ED to MED by answering questions in the style of some of the most beloved Dr. Seuss books. The blog post makes advocacy and federal policies more understandable and engaging and gives a great overview about what ED to MED is all about. When you read the post you’ll have such fun, and you will also learn a ton!

 

 

Sam LaPaille, Government Relations Assistant
Draw Up a Game Plan to Tackle Graduate Student Debt

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

It was natural to be drawn to Mary-Lynn’s blog post about how to “Draw Up A Game Plan to Tackle Graduate Student Debt.” As a former athlete, I always find myself relating my experiences in life to those I had on the playing field. There are valuable lessons that come from athletics that translate across different aspects of life, and the analogy Mary-Lynn uses of planning ahead to tackle student debt is very relatable. Her three-step “playbook” of how to better prepare yourself for the opponent that is student debt gives concise steps on how to “tackle” graduate student debt—plus, she throws in some fun GIFs for good measure. Enjoy the read!

Would you like to expand your summer reading even more? Explore the ED to MED blog and find your favorite post today, and consider sharing your own story about why advocacy is important to you.