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Brooke Grill

Guest Post: Caring for the Whole Patient: Pursuing Both Medicine and Advocacy

September 4, 2020

By Brooke Grill, OMS-III, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

As an undergraduate student, I was torn between a career in public policy or medicine. When I became involved with advocacy work during my undergraduate education, I realized that I would be able to pursue both of my passions as a physician, and even as a student doctor. Now, as a third-year medical student, I am amazed by just how influential the student voice can be.

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Harris Ahmed

Guest Post: Unlock Your Advocacy Potential: How to More Effectively Communicate with Policymakers

August 7, 2020

By Harris Ahmed, DO, MPH, Resident Physician, Ophthalmology, Loma Linda University

Medical students may not always realize it, but they have the power to be strong, impactful advocates. To help every medical student realize their full advocacy potential, I’m sharing my personal reflections and tips that medical students and others in the health professions community can apply to communicate more effectively with policymakers.

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AACOM GR's 2020 ED to MED Blog Post Staff Picks

ED to MED Summer Reading: AACOM GR’s Blog Post Picks

July 24, 2020

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

During this summer like no other, AACOM’s Office of Government Relations is even more inspired by the many ED to MED advocates who have shared their stories as guest authors for our ED to MED blog. Whether learning how to advocate for wellness in these trying times, understanding the importance of serving underserved patients, or preparing for the upcoming election, be sure to add these top campaign blog posts to your summer reading list.

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Make Lasting Connections: Join AACOM’s AOGME Residents and Fellows Council!

July 10, 2020

By Alegneta Long, AACOM Executive Director, AOGME & Director of GME Initiatives

Resident and fellow physicians are vital to advancing the federal policies and programs that are crucial to addressing medical student debt. AACOM’s Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators Residents and Fellows Council (RFC) invites all ED to MED resident and fellow advocates to join the RFC and enjoy the numerous member benefits it offers.

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Safe and Effective Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

June 25, 2020

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Even though we may not be able to shake hands with our lawmakers or speak face-to-face with our elected officials, we can still work to make sure our advocacy efforts remain strong. Learn how you can continue to make your voice heard as an ED to MED advocate in this time of COVID-19.

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Guest Post: It’s Never Too Late to Advocate

June 12, 2020

By Aerial Petty, MS, OMS-III, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Public Relations Director, Omega Beta Iota

It wasn’t until I began my third year at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, halfway through my time as a medical student, that I realized I had been advocating for my patients and community all along, and started actively seeking out as many advocacy opportunities as I could. It’s never too late to get involved.

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Harris Ahmed

Beyond the Palm Trees: Advocating for the Underserved: A Video Interview

June 5, 2020

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Harris Ahmed, DO, MPH, graduate of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and recent AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern, spoke with ED to MED about the moment that made him realize he wanted to become a physician, and how his experiences in advocacy and public policy inspired him to become a lifelong advocate on behalf of patients and the health care profession. Watch Harris’ video interview and become inspired to start or deepen your own advocacy journey.

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Guest Post: Easing the Financial Burden of Serving Others: A Lifelong Dream of Giving Back

June 1, 2020

By Amanah Fatima, OMS-II, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – Joplin Campus, National Recruitment Liaison, Omega Beta Iota: National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society

My experiences volunteering at free health clinics have fueled my desire to work in an underserved area in the future and help care for patients whom our current system has failed. At the same time, I’m ever conscious of my growing debt. That is why I am a passionate advocate for protecting programs such as Grad PLUS and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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Guest Post: Learning the Importance of Advocacy

May 22, 2020

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

It wasn’t until I knew that I wanted to become a physician that I also became interested in advocacy, realizing that protecting and treating patients happens on more levels than one.

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How the CARES Act Affects Health Professions Students and Graduates

May 8, 2020

By Mary-Lynn Bender, Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
The $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes provisions that directly impact health professions students and graduates. Learn how the law affects your federal student loans and loan repayment.

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