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Back to School: Campus Ambassadors Spread the Word about ED to MED

September 7, 2018

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

With fall approaching and osteopathic medical students returning to campus, our ED to MED Campus Ambassadors have been busy educating their classmates on the issues important to their futures and encouraging them to advocate for change through the ED to MED campaign. Learn about their outreach and get inspired about ways you can engage students on your own campus.

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Summer Reading: AACOM GR Staff Recommend Blog Posts

July 27, 2018

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

With summer in full swing, now is a great time to take a few minutes to relax and catch up on your summer reading. Add the following ED to MED blog posts recommended by AACOM’s Office of Government Relations staff to your reading list.

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8 PSLF Mistakes You Could Be Making

July 20, 2018

By Pamela Murphy, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations

You just graduated and are ready to start the next chapter of your life. You’re moving closer to your dream of giving back to your community through a career in the health professions, thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Make sure you receive the loan forgiveness you deserve by avoiding these eight common mistakes when enrolled in PSLF.

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Guest Post: Why Every Medical Student Should Advocate to #SaveGradPLUS

July 13, 2018

By Mark Dean, OMS-III, University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, SGA President 2017-2018, COSGP Public Relations Web Representative

All I ever wanted to do was become a doctor. Now, the knowledge that my future and the future of the next generation of doctors may be jeopardized by threats to the Grad PLUS Loan Program drives me to action. To passionately advocate to save Grad PLUS should be the goal of every single medical student in the United States.

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Use Your Facebook Profile Pic to Help #SaveGradPLUS

June 1, 2018

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Director of Congressional and Public Affairs

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is considering a vote on the PROSPER Act in the weeks ahead. This bill would replace the Direct Loan Program with a new Federal ONE Loan Program, and Grad PLUS loans would be reduced and replaced, resulting in significant limitations on borrowing for health professions students. Help support Grad PLUS and spread the word by using our new #SaveGradPLUS Facebook frame!

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Guest Post: From Iraq to Kentucky: A Medical Student’s Journey to Serve the Underserved

June 1, 2018

By Mustafa M. Basree, MS, OMS-II, University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Attending medical school in Eastern Kentucky shaped my career goals of promoting the health and well-being of underserved communities. As an Iraqi-American with a short credit history and no creditworthy co-signers, my only reasonable option to finance my medical education after grants and scholarships is federal loans. This illustrates why ED to MED is such as an important vehicle for rallying support and maintaining a strong, constant voice advocating for PSLF and Grad PLUS loans.

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