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Guest Blog: Invest Now in Your Financial Literacy

January 25, 2019

By Nicole McMillin, MPA, Director of Financial Aid, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine; Member, AACOM Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators

It’s never too early to begin planning for your financial future. Addressing your financial planning early on can only help you be better prepared—invest now in your financial literacy.

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Prioritizing the Future Health Care Workforce in the New Congress

January 18, 2019

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

As the new Congress negotiates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, AACOM will be calling on its ED to MED advocates to urge their lawmakers to support graduate education policies vital to health professions students.

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Guest Blog: Strength in Numbers

January 11, 2019

By Alixandria Fiore, OMS-IV, Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, National Director, Omega Beta Iota: National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society

As National Director for Omega Beta Iota (OBI), the only political honor society for osteopathic medical students, I come across countless anecdotes justifying that there indeed is “strength in numbers.” We as OBI members could not do what we do without our national partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Government Relations team and their ED to MED campaign.

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Make 2019 Your Year of Advocacy

January 4, 2019

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations

Still looking for the perfect New Year’s resolution? This year, protect students in the health professions and patients across the country by getting involved with ED to MED. Making a difference begins with you.

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Giving Thanks for Our Community of Advocates

November 16, 2018

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all the reasons you are grateful. Here at ED to MED, we’re most thankful for the advocates that raise their voices on behalf of the future health care workforce. Discover all the reasons we’re giving thanks this year.

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Guest Blog: Protecting Primary Care with PSLF and Grad PLUS

November 9, 2018

By Tiffany Ziegler, MS, OMS-III, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

No one tells you going into medical school that your graduate student debt can limit your specialty choice. I can’t serve others if I can’t afford to pay off my student loans, and unfortunately, with the future of loan repayment programs now up for debate in Congress, I’m finding myself having to decide who and where to serve based on pay.

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COM Day on Capitol Hill: Learning from In-Person Advocacy

November 2, 2018

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations

Nicole Lighthouse, fourth-year medical student at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and recent AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern, discusses her experience advocating in Washington, DC during AACOM’s 2018 COM Day on Capitol Hill

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Guest Blog: A Message for Medical Students: Vote this November

October 26, 2018

By Christopher Walker, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

As November approaches, so does the opportunity for you to make your voice heard. Taking the time to vote is one of the single most important things you could do for your future. Regardless of the outcome of the election once the ballots are tallied, your voice is still important. Staying informed and active in advocacy is crucial to make sure you are heard clearly and heard often.

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Next Week: Upcoming Webinar on Important Loan Repayment Opportunity

October 19, 2018

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program provides up to $120,000 to fourth-year medical and dental students who are pursuing degrees in primary care and committed to practice in underserved communities. ED to MED student advocates are encouraged to participate in an upcoming webinar on Thursday, October 25 to learn more about this important program.

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