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Blog » The Road to Rural: From Teaching Students to Treating Patients: A Video Interview

The Road to Rural: From Teaching Students to Treating Patients: A Video Interview

April 24, 2020

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

Tyler King, fourth-year student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and recent American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Osteopathic Health Policy Intern, spoke with ED to MED about his interest in advocacy and policy, how a Teach For America experience inspired him to practice primary care in South Texas, and why he’s passionate about saving Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

The Ripple Effects of the Physician Shortage

As a Teach For America Corps Member serving in rural South Texas, Tyler saw firsthand the dangers caused by our country’s physician shortage and inequitable access to education and health care. Hear Tyler’s powerful story about why he plans to return to this region as a physician.

How PSLF Supports Increased Access to Primary Care

As an ED to MED advocate, Tyler is passionate about saving the PSLF Program, which benefits patient care and public health by financially incentivizing physicians to practice in non-profit, traditional primary care settings that more proportionally serve low income patients in underserved communities. Learn how Tyler communicates the value of PSLF and the importance of saving this program.

Entering Residency

Tyler recently matched into a family medicine residency program in South Texas and plans on practicing in the same town where he served in Teach For America. As he trains to become the best physician he can be, he will focus his energies on learning new skills and maximizing this experience, then hopes to reengage with advocacy after this phase of his career. Learn what’s next for Tyler.

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