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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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Guest Blog: From Policies to People: The Importance of Lifelong Advocacy

November 8, 2019

By Harika Kantamneni, DO, PGY-3, OB/GYN, Grandview Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio

Advocacy plays a prominent role in my life. I first realized its importance when I started medical school. When I entered residency training, I learned that being a good physician involves advocating for your patients. No matter where you are in your advocacy journey, I encourage you to make it a lifelong commitment.

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How to Become an Outstanding Advocate

November 1, 2019

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
If you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of past ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year award recipients, learn some of the ways you can amplify your voice on behalf of the osteopathic medical education community and stand up for students, physicians, and patients alike.

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#COMDAY19: Your Guide to Virtual Hill Day

October 1, 2019

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

It’s almost time for #COMDAY19! ED to MED needs passionate advocates like you to step up for the future health care workforce.

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A Medical Resident’s Perspective on Why Congress Should Save PSLF

September 27, 2019

By Christine DeCarlo, AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

Dr. Kirby is a primary care resident working toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Get her perspective on why PSLF matters to medical students, residents, patients, and communities, and why Congress should continue to support this crucial program.

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Guest Blog: Preserving Your Options for Retiring Your Debt: The Importance of Keeping Federal Loan and Repayment Programs Intact

September 6, 2019

By Paul S. Garrard, Founder and President, PGPresents, LLC, Independent Student Loan Consulting

While it is ultimately your choice whether to borrow federal or private loans for medical school, there are reasons why keeping your student loan portfolio federal is likely the better way to go. Federal programs like Grad PLUS loans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness provide medical students with important benefits that private loans do not. Learn why Congress should continue supporting these two important programs vital to future physicians and patients.

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