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AACOM Welcomes the First 2013 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern

Roberto J. Fernandez, MPH, AACOM’s first AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) of 2013, began his internship on April 1. Mr. Fernandez is a fourth-year medical student at Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) and currently holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Iowa. This spring, Mr. Fernandez will graduate from DMU-COM with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

Prior to matriculating to DMU-COM, Mr. Fernandez was awarded one of AACOM’s four 2009 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarships. During his time in medical school, Mr. Fernandez interned at the World Health Organization (WHO), served on AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Executive Board, and received the 2012 National Student DO of the Year Award. He also served as the Latino Medical Student Association’s (LMSA) 2012-2013 Midwest Regional Vice President for Academic Affairs and Health Policy, as well as the National Student Representative to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Osteopathic Post Graduate Training Institutes (COPTI); a position he has held since 2011 and hopes to retain throughout his residency. Mr. Fernandez will begin his residency training in internal medicine at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, Michigan, and is interested in pursuing future specialization in hematology/oncology and palliative medicine.

The OHPI program is an opportunity for selected students to work in AACOM’s Government Relations Department to gain a deeper understanding of health policy development and implementation, meet with federal agency officials, attend hearings on Capitol Hill, and conduct research on current health policy issues.

Please visit the OHPI website for further information on the OHPI Program.

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April / May 2013
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