The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) hosted the 2010 Health Policy Fellowship Seminar December 2-3, 2010. Fellows flew into Washington, DC, from across the country for an interactive dialogue with prominent health policy makers and experts. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, greeted the fellows on the first day of the seminar and answered several questions related to graduate medical education. Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (pictured at left) served as the keynote speaker on December 2. Dr. Wakefield presented a detailed overview of HRSA’s role in health policy and current priorities, and answered questions regarding the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The health policy fellows returned on December 3 for a second full day of insightful presentations, highlighted by an informative discussion with Rebecca Spitzgo, Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, and Director of the National Health Service Corps (pictured at left). Dialogue focused on support for health professions students, clinicians, academic faculty and communities. Ms. Spitzgo updated the fellows on the recently increased funding for the National Health Service Corps and other initiatives of importance to the Bureau of Clinical Recruitment and Service. Kathleen Klink, MD, Director of the Division of Medicine and Dentistry in HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions, then discussed the Bureau of Health Professions’ funding opportunities. Additionally, Russell G. Robertson, MD, Chair and Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), addressed the role of COGME in health policy.
The fellows also enjoyed engaging discussions with Shawn Martin, Director of the Department of Government Relations at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); David Moore, Senior Director of the Office of Governmental Relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges; and William Rogers, MD, Director of the Physician Regulatory Issues Team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Health Policy Fellowship Program, organized by Nancy Cooper, Health Policy Fellowship Coordinator, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine coordinate this certificate program in health policy through a collaboration of AACOM, AACOM member colleges and the AOA. Further information regarding the HPF program is available at here.