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Join the AOGME Residents and Fellows Council!

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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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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The Road to Rural: From Teaching Students to Treating Patients: A Video Interview

April 24, 2020

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
Recent AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Tyler King, OMS-IV at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, is passionate about addressing physician shortages in underserved communities. Learn what inspired him to pursue family medicine in rural South Texas and why he passionately advocates for Public Service Loan Forgiveness in his video interview with ED to MED.

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ED to MED Honors Shawn Hamm, DO, MPH, for Outstanding Advocacy

April 17, 2020

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

During Educating Leaders 2020, ED to MED recognized Shawn Hamm, DO, MPH, as the 2020 ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year. Dr. Hamm consistently goes above and beyond to elevate the voices of health professionals and patients, and we are honored to be able to recognize him for all that he does. Learn about Dr. Hamm’s advocacy journey in his interview with ED to MED, and let his story inspire you to make a commitment to lifelong advocacy.

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Guest Post: Loan Repayment Advice for Graduating Health Professions Students

April 10, 2020

By Tyler King, OMS-IV, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University

Over the last eight months, I have spent a great deal of time studying student loan repayment. I wanted to share some tips I believe all of you, in particular soon-to-be-graduating health professions students, should consider as graduation approaches.

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