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Graduate Medical Education Capitol Hill Briefing – The Osteopathic Perspective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2014

Contact:
Pamela Murphy
Vice President of Government Relations
AACOM
301-908-2137
pmurphy@aacom.org

Ray Quintero
Vice President, Government Relations
AOA
202-368-3703
rquintero@osteopathic.org

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) today will hold an informational Hill briefing on the current and future state of graduate medical education (GME). The briefing will take place at 1 p.m. EDT in the Capitol Visitor Center.

A diverse group of expert panelists will provide insights on this issue, and discuss how Congress could play a role. Scheduled speakers include:

  • The Honorable Joe Heck (R-NV), DO;
  • Charlene MacDonald, Senate Budget Committee Professional Staff;
  • Robert S. Juhasz, DO, President, AOA;
  • Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO, AACOM;
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, New York Institute of Technology and Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Governance and Financing of GME; and
  • Keith Egan, DO, Medical Resident at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Unity HealthCare, Washington, DC.

“All partners in graduate medical education must work together to ensure that training opportunities are available in all specialties and geographies, with particular emphasis on primary care, as well as rural and under-served areas,” said AOA President Robert S. Juhasz, DO. “The osteopathic medical profession has an efficient and effective model for recruiting, training and deploying primary care physicians at the community level. With the continued rapid growth of osteopathic medicine, the profession is expanding its reach, and applying its unique training and practices to meet the nation’s evolving health care needs.”

GME is the mandatory educational training students receive following graduation from medical school and prior to becoming licensed physicians, and is funded largely through Medicare. With increased scrutiny on health care spending and a recent report from the IOM providing recommendations on the future of GME, a proactive approach to addressing our nation’s health care workforce needs is critical.

“Given the numerous challenges currently facing the U.S. health care system – a rapidly changing and diverse patient population; a physician workforce shortage that is projected to worsen over the coming years; and the rising number of medical school graduates facing a finite number of residency slots, assessing GME to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality health care has never been more critical,” stated Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of AACOM. “With the recent release of the IOM report on GME, we urge Congress to prioritize long-term legislative solutions to preserve and strengthen GME as an essential component of a sustainable health care system that meets the country’s needs. AACOM looks forward to working with Congress to support the future physician workforce and the patients they serve.”

The IOM Committee on the Governance and Financing of GME was established to conduct an independent review of the governance and financing of the GME system and give specific attention to increasing the capacity of the nation’s clinical workforce to deliver efficient and high-quality health care to meet the needs of our country’s diverse population. The Committee has delivered its report, providing a timely opportunity to discuss and prioritize long-term legislative solutions to strengthen GME as an integral part of a sustainable health care system.

For more information or to register for the briefing, call (202) 414-0155 or email GRsupport@aacom.org.


 

About AACOM

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2013-14 academic year these colleges are educating over 23,000 future physicians – more than 20 percent of U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are publicly controlled, 24 are private institutions. For more information, visit: www.aacom.org.

About the AOA

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.