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Take a Stand! Become a Student Ambassador!

July 21, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

The ED to MED campaign needs your help! We are looking for osteopathic medical student leaders to join the ED to MED Student Ambassador Program to serve as campus liaisons at their schools for the ED to MED campaign. Ambassadors will be advancing the voices and concerns of medical, graduate, and other professional students to Congress to help influence the policies that impact their financial futures.

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Guest Blog: Becoming a Physician: The Dream of Many, The Opportunity for Some, The Reality for a Few

July 19, 2016

By Juan Gonzalez, Third Year Osteopathic Medical Student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

My family immigrated to the United States from Cuba during the 1960s. From the day they arrived in this country, my family has always strived to achieve the most out of every opportunity. We have maintained a strong family bond and have remembered to always help those in need. These core values have made me the person I am today, and it will shape the physician I will become.

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Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

July 15, 2016

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

Today, 42 million Americans bear $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. For many Americans across the country, this crisis is preventing students from seeking a better future – putting their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, on hold.

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Who to Follow Series: Policymakers

July 12, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

In the age of digital advocacy, there are few who still doubt the impact of social media on public policy. In 2015, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released a study that explored how citizens interact with Members of Congress on social media. CMF’s survey found:

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New Study Shows Impact of Student Debt on Homeownership

July 7, 2016

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

Did you ever play Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life as a child? When you’re playing the board game, feigning adulthood, and contemplating your fictional future, you move from student to professional to homeowner to parent to retirement relatively seamlessly. The reality is that for many, student loan debt is becoming a burden that prevents them from realizing their dreams – in whatever order they choose to pursue them.

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STUDY: Projected Retirements Create a Physician Gap

June 30, 2016

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

A recent report by the American Medical Association found that 42% of practicing physicians in the United States are 55 years of age or older. The same study reports that 26% of physicians over 55 years of age are planning to retire within the next three years. Think about that. Within the next three years, about 87,300 doctors will leave the field of medicine. With an ever-growing patient population and the number of physicians set to retire exceeding the amount of medical school graduates, our nation faces a serious health crisis that impacts Americans’ access to quality care and the future of the health care work force.

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Crossword: How Well Do You Know the HEA?

June 28, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Since being signed into law, the Higher Education Act (HEA) has played a critical role in providing medical and other graduate students the federal financial aid programs they need to help finance their education. Over the coming months, Members of Congress will continue to negotiate the reauthorization of HEA, so now’s the perfect time to brush up on your HEA knowledge!

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HEA & You: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

June 23, 2016

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

Since its passage, the Higher Education Act (HEA) has played a critical role in almost every student’s journey through medical and graduate school, providing federal financial support through loan and repayment programs like Federal Stafford Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS (GradPLUS) Loans, Perkins Loans, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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An ED to MED Advocates’ Guide to Acronyms

June 21, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

If Washington, D.C. loves anything, it’s acronyms. For outsiders, the city can feel like it has a language of its own. The nation’s capital functions on acronyms on a daily basis, including the multitude of federal agency names and legislative jargon. I remember being at a hearing during my first couple weeks in D.C., straining to distinguish the jumble of acronyms and grateful I could Google it all later. It was a rite of passage when (after a couple months) I realized I was able to carry a conversation that others outside “the Beltway” may have found cryptic.

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