Shwetha Chagalamarri, AACOM’s first AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) this year, began her two-month internship on January 30. Student doctor Chagalamarri is a fourth-year student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Chagalamarri plans to use this internship to gain more insight into emerging models in primary care delivery through her health policy studies.
The OHPI program is an opportunity for selected students to gain a deeper understanding of health policy development and implementation, meet with federal agency officials, attend hearings on Capitol Hill, conduct research on health policy and complete a paper on their chosen topic. Current osteopathic medical students who are interested in health policy and would like to gain first-hand experience in Washington, DC, are encouraged to apply now for AACOM’s 2013 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program. The deadline to submit applications for the program, which enables up to three current students to spend two months with the AACOM government relations team, is February 24, 2012.
Please visit AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) webpage for more information.