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TAKE ACTION: Help Us #SaveGradPLUS and #SavePSLF

February 14, 2020

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

Calling all ED to MED advocates: share your story about why federal financial aid and loan forgiveness must be preserved to ensure patient health and equitable access to higher education. Join in this collective effort to #SavePSLF and #SaveGradPLUS today!

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Rewarding Tips for Award-Winning Advocates

February 7, 2020

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

ED to MED’s Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an advocate who has gone above and beyond to fight for the future health care workforce and patients around the country. In addition to raising their voice, this stand out advocate has made advocacy a priority in their lives, led by example, and encouraged others to get involved. Get inspired to advocate this awards season!

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Prioritizing Graduate Student Debt Issues in the 116th Congress

January 24, 2020

By Judith Mun, AACOM Director of Government Relations

ED to MED gives health professions students a platform to raise the profile of graduate student debt issues in the halls of Congress. As the 2020 elections draw nearer, ED to MED is calling on its advocates to remain committed to the effort to save the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Grad PLUS Loan Programs.

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The Power of the Student Voice and Recharging through Advocacy: A Video Interview

January 10, 2020

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Wessley Square, MS, OMS-IV at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and AACOM’s current Osteopathic Health Policy Intern, is involved in numerous advocacy organizations and aspires to continue advocating throughout his career. Learn what initially attracted Wessley to advocacy and medicine and how students today can help shape the policies of tomorrow by watching his video interview with ED to MED.

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Guest Post: How a Visit to Washington Launched a Lifetime of Advocacy

December 20, 2019

By Annie Phung, OMS-III, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia, National Legislative Affairs Representative, Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents

It wasn’t until I attended my first advocacy day in Washington, DC that I became interested in health policy and understood the importance of getting involved. Since then, ED to MED educated me on key federal policies, gave me a platform to reach out to legislators, and allowed me to realize how important these issues are to other students. Join me in committing to advocacy throughout your professional career!

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Deck the Halls with These Advocacy Gifts

December 13, 2019

Judith Mun, AACOM Director of Government Relations

This holiday season, we’re making a list of the best gifts to get the advocate in your life. Find something for every passionate advocate on your holiday shopping list this year.

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Guest Post: There Is no Place like Nome

December 6, 2019

By Timothy Lemaire, DO, MPH, Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, Alaska

The challenges of delivering health care in a small town like Nome, accessible only by air, are unique to say the least. Without the help of federal student aid, my desire to give back to my community as a physician would have remained just a dream. Join me in committing to take one step toward increasing your advocacy footprint.

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Happy Thanksgiving to Our PSLF Champions

November 22, 2019

By Judith Mun, AACOM Director of Government Relations

In the spirit of the season, we are showing our gratitude for the Members of Congress who have strongly supported the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF is essential to medical and health professions students who are committed to public service, and is an important investment in the health, education, and safety of America’s communities.

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