By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations
This spring I’ve been fortunate to visit several osteopathic medical schools across the country. During my visits, I spoke with students, faculty, and administrators about the current federal policy landscape and its impact on the osteopathic medical education community, highlighting important opportunities for advocacy and engagement.
In February, Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM’s Senior Director of Government & Public Relations, and I visited the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). In March, I visited the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California, and the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP), while simultaneously telecasting with WesternU/COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon.
Pictured left (left to right): Craig Boisvert, DO, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean, WVSOM; Pamela Murphy, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, AACOM; James W. Nemitz, PhD, President, WVSOM; Mary-Lynn Bender, Senior Director of Government & Public Relations, AACOM; and Edward Bridges, PhD, Vice President for Administration & External Relations, WVSOM. Pictured right: Ms. Murphy with Tom Fox, Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships, WesternU/COMP & WesternU/COMP-NW.
While having these opportunities to directly engage with our membership is always energizing and rewarding, I was particularly excited to recognize during my presentations the ED to MED Campus Ambassadors who are students working to promote advocacy and civic engagement on their campuses and among their colleagues.
ED to MED’s Campus Ambassador Program was designed to give ED to MED’s most dedicated advocates across our schools a platform to help inform others about the importance of using their voice to impact policy and grow the campaign. They host campus events, activate their peers, and are always ready to advance their message to Congress. These individuals truly go above and beyond, and are central to the success of ED to MED.
With lawmakers prioritizing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, now is a critical time for all health professions students to advocate for the federal policies that will impact their futures.
If you are committed to supporting the future health care workforce and desire to help your campus community become more engaged, I encourage you to join ED to MED’s Campus Ambassador Program today. Make every voice count!