By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
Every four years, we are gifted with an extra day in February. You can use your extra day to catch up on work, spend time studying, or get extra sleep. But with the Administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year that recommends capping Grad PLUS and eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), every day counts. With an extra day this month, students in the health professions community are getting a jump on their advocacy efforts, and you can too!
Here are some of the ways you can use your extra day to advocate for the programs vital to students, health professionals, and patients:
Tweet Your Members of Congress
#ICYMI, we recently launched a new Tweet Your Legislator tool that allows you to send a message directly to your Members of Congress telling them how critical these programs are to your medical education and communities across the country.
Sign up to be an ED to MED Ambassador
You’ve heard your friends talk about becoming an Ambassador, but have you signed up to join them? Luckily, you have an extra day this month to make it happen! Ambassadors are the megaphone of the higher education community, and there’s always room for more advocates to get involved.
Connecting with advocates online is a great way to join the collective effort to protect these important programs. Tell your story of how these programs have helped your health professions education by using hashtags like #SavePSLF and #SaveGradPLUS and tagging ED to MED on Facebook and Twitter.
Get Caught Up
Do you try to stay up-to-date on the issues impacting the health professions community, but don’t have the time? Use your extra day to subscribe to AACOM’s Washington Insider and get informed on the key issues affecting your community. Take it one step further and check out our blog series that highlights advocates directly affected by Grad PLUS and PSLF and provides tips on ways to strengthen your advocacy skills.
Although it may seem like just an extra day on the calendar, use this leap day to get ahead of the curve and take a leap (pun intended) into your advocacy efforts.