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Relieving the Burden of Debt Through Public Service

May 25, 2016

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

The U.S. is in the middle of a health care crisis – there are not enough physicians to meet our nation’s health care needs. By 2025, demand for physicians will exceed supply by a range of 46,000 to 90,000, with the largest shortfall being for primary care physicians.

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What do DO students have in common with Pirates of the Caribbean?

May 20, 2016

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

Nearly 17,000 osteopathic medical students depend on the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS (GradPLUS) Loan Program to finance more than $342 million of their medical school costs. To put that into context, that’s almost the same amount it cost to produce the most expensive film of […]

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POST GRAD Act Would Put Graduate Students First

May 18, 2016

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

The Bad News In 2011, Congress passed a law costing graduate students, in aggregate, $18.1 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a b. That’s the equivalent of: A home for 91,500 American families. A new car for everyone living in Tucson, Arizona. A brand new laptop […]

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4 Ways You Can Be an Advocate for Your Financial Future This Summer

May 13, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Summer is just around the corner. It is a busy time for medical students and graduates, from research and clinical fellowship opportunities to planning for upcoming residencies. While I hope you are able to squeeze in some fun in the sun, don’t forget to take some time to think about your financial future after graduation.

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How a Story Can Change Your Life

May 9, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Storytelling is a core part of what makes us human. It’s fundamental to the development of history and culture, and the way we interpret the world around us.

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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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