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Guest Blog: Fighting for a Familiar Face—A Push for Diversity in Medicine

February 26, 2021

By Nikita Deval, OMS-IV, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Growing up, I never questioned why my pediatrician was Indian. It wasn’t until I reached an older age that I realized this was a privilege. After experiencing bullying and microaggressions, I found a way to connect with my culture through classical Indian music, and was inspired to become the representation that I needed as a child.

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Guest Blog: Being ‘Nevertheless People’: Advocating for Diversity in Medicine

February 5, 2021

By Andrew D. Williams, OMS-III, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, COSGP National Diversity Representative

According to all statistics, I am supposed to be a failure in medical school. I am supposed to have earned a low board score. I am supposed to have barely made it through. So, matriculating through medical school means more to me than just getting a doctoral degree. It means being a social change agent, it means being an advocate for more minority representation in the field of medicine, it means one day being a Black doctor in a white coat. As a future physician of color, I will be a role model to so many minority students seeking a career in medicine.

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Advocating for Health Professions Education in the 117th Congress

January 25, 2021

By David Bergman, JD, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is recommitting to supporting federal health and higher education policies and programs during the 117th Congress. Learn about AACOM’s public policy agenda and how the new Administration and congressional leadership are expected to impact health professions education.

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Guest Blog: Sustaining Advocacy by Opening the Door for Others

December 10, 2020

By Shikha Patel, OMS-IV, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Through my many experiences with policy and advocacy, I have come to one critical realization; advocacy is not only about the change you can bring, but it also about the change you can help empower others to bring.

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Jason DiLorenzo PSLFjobs Interview

Find Your PSLF Job: Connecting PSLF Job Seekers with PSLF Positions

November 11, 2020

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Media and Public Affairs Manager

Jason DiLorenzo founded PSLFjobs, a Public Service Loan Forgiveness jobs platform and resource, to make the PSLF job search easier. AACOM’s ED to MED campaign spoke with Jason about the PSLFjobs site, his advice for health professions students interested in the PSLF Program, and COVID-19’s impact on PSLF borrowers.

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Manjot Mashiana, OMS-IV, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Guest Blog: Voting Is Around the Corner, Where Can I Get More Information?

October 19, 2020

By Manjot Mashiana, OMS-IV, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

This election is critically important! With so much at stake, I’m calling on my medical student colleagues to commit to voting in this election. The outcomes will have an impact on our education, our patients, and our future. Make your voice heard and make sure to vote!

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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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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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