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A Physician’s Story: The Impact of Student Debt

May 6, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Medical students face unique challenges after graduation. For many, managing high student loan debt during residency can be a struggle. In a recent article on KevinMD.com, Dr. Ahmad Yousaf, an internal medicine physician, broke down the reality of his financial hardship after graduation.

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It’s Financial Literacy Month, Be an Educated Borrower

April 29, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

April is Financial Literacy Month. Many medical students rely on federal student loans to finance their education. For these students, understanding the student debt burden they will face after graduation is critical for planning a sound financial future.

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Top 3 Ways Congress Can Support the Future Physician Workforce

April 27, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Most medical students rely on some form of federal aid to finance their education. With osteopathic medicals students graduating with an average student loan debt of almost $230,000, federal financial aid and loan forgiveness programs are critical for helping students pursue their passion for medicine without a heavy financial burden that will follow them for decades into their careers.

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More Than a Number: Why Student Advocacy Matters

April 21, 2016

By: Ryan Nguyen, OMS IV and AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern

As a graduating medical student, the realities of my student debt burden have begun to settle in. While planning out my student loan repayment plan, I found myself wondering how such a debt burden would affect not just my career decisions but also major personal decisions such as buying a house or raising a family.

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Using Digital Advocacy to Influence Policy

April 20, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Every day, Members of Congress discuss policies that impact your life. They need to hear from the osteopathic medical education community so that they fully understand the effects of their decisions on your future. But how do you make your voice heard if you are not in Washington? Two words: Digital advocacy.

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How to Support the Future Physician Workforce

April 15, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

If you could live your life over again, would you do things differently? It’s a question that most of us have asked ourselves at some point in our lives.

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What You Need to Know About the HEA

April 7, 2016

By Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations

Did you know that nearly 65 percent of 2012 graduates who borrowed $50,000 or more were graduate students?

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Resilience in Medical Education

April 6, 2016

By Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO

Medical education has changed dramatically since I began pursuing my DO degree more than 30 years ago as an osteopathic medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Yet each graduating class tells a familiar story: heavy workloads, late nights with tired eyes, new and lifelong friendships, and a passionate determination to meet the health care challenges facing our nation. That much hasn’t changed.

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