By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government & Public Relations
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) hosts an annual Virtual Hill Day in conjunction with its COM Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. During these events, ED to MED advocates raise the profile of federal graduate education policies and their impact on medical and other health professions students through social media outreach to Members of Congress and in-person congressional meetings with legislators.
#COMDAY19 advocates will urge Congress to save the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and Grad PLUS Loan Programs in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. As a health professions student, you have the first-hand knowledge and experience to help your Members of Congress understand why these programs matter to the future health care workforce and patients across the country.
For #COMDAY19 and Virtual Hill Day, ED to MED is calling on its national partners and advocates everywhere to speak up about these issues. On Thursday, October 17, ED to MED advocates are encouraged to stand up for the interests of the health professions community by tweeting at their Members of Congress and sharing their stories, illustrating why federal student financial aid and loan repayment programs including PSLF and Grad PLUS are so important to them and their communities.
Learn more about how you can easily raise awareness of the federal financial aid and loan repayment programs that help make health professions careers possible by using our virtual tool kit. With your engagement, together we can protect the future health care workforce.