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National Organizations Unite to Support Graduate Education Principles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 27, 2017

Contact:
Christine DeCarlo
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
cdecarlo@aacom.org
(202) 603-1026

(Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announces a new national partnership to amplify a strong collective graduate student voice on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act through its national grassroots advocacy campaign, ED to MED. Today in Baltimore, MD, during the 2017 Joint AACOM & Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators’ Annual Conference, AACOM will host a town hall to unveil organizational endorsements of its campaign principles.

This collaborative alliance, which includes national health professions education organizations, student and physician groups, and other education associations, is advocating for the sustainment of graduate loan programs, lower interest rates for graduate and professional students, and the investment in federal public service scholarship and loan repayment programs, such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. “Soaring educational debt levels are quickly becoming a national public policy crisis, and in veterinary medicine the problem is especially acute. Solving a problem of this magnitude is going to take time, collaboration, and the sustained and focused effort of many people and organizations: exactly the kind of initiative that has been created through ED to MED,” states Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD, CEO of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. “The AAVMC is very pleased to be a part of this campaign and salutes AACOM for their leadership.”

Council on Social Work Education President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, asserts, “Social workers are critical to our nation’s public service infrastructure. Programs like the income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness help our social work graduates make a difference in the world while mitigating the burden of debt.”

AACOM launched the ED to MED campaign one year ago to create a national platform for medical, health professional, and other graduate students to advocate for federal education policies to support graduate students.

“I would like to thank all of the organizations who’ve endorsed our campaign principles,” says AACOM’s President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO. “Having their support strengthens our united stance and will heighten the impact of our advocacy.”

Learn more about ED to MED by visiting edtomed.com and follow #EducatingLeaders17 to participate virtually in tonight’s town hall.

About AACOM

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the 2016-17 academic year, these colleges are educating more than 27,000 future physicians — more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.

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