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Student Ambassadors Gear Up for Action

September 27, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

This summer, we launched the ED to MED Student Ambassador program, the campaign’s first nationwide leadership initiative exclusively for osteopathic medical students. Through the Student Ambassador Program, we’re calling on student leaders to help make a difference by creating a grassroots community across the country to help communicate, educate, and activate students on the issues impacting medical and graduate students.

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What Pokémon Go Can Teach Us About Advocacy

September 13, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

You don’t have to be a gamer to know that Pokémon Go was the hottest online distraction this summer. Everywhere I went it seemed as if there were groups of people looking down on their phones trying to capture elusive virtual creatures.

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Osteopathic Medical Students Head Back to School with a Mission

September 9, 2016

By Liane Weissenberger, Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

The back to school season is finally here! After a well-deserved summer break, medical students and graduate students across the country are ready to get back to work and dive into the knowledge this academic year has to offer.

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Guest Blog: Tools to Help with Your Loan Math

August 1, 2016

By Steven Jorden, Chair, AACOM Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators

As the current Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s (AACOM) Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) and Director of Student Financial Services at two osteopathic medical schools, I’ve worked with countless numbers of osteopathic medical students and other graduate students to help ensure that federal financial aid makes their education possible.

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What’s at Stake for Med and Other Grad Students in the Higher Education Act Reauthorization?

July 25, 2016

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

Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time discussing how medical and other graduate and professional students can advocate for their financial future throughout the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). But what happens if Congress doesn’t support our efforts and pass policies beneficial to medical and other graduate and professional students?

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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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