Dana Ferrari, MPH, AACOM’s first 2014 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI), began her internship on September 3. Ms. Ferrari is a third-year student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology with a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities and Society from Michigan State University (MSU) as well as a Master of Public Health degree from MSU. Ms. Ferrari is on pace to graduate from ATSU-SOMA in the spring of 2015 with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
Prior to matriculating to ATSU-SOMA, Ms. Ferrari was involved in several areas of research during her undergraduate and graduate studies at MSU, including projects that investigated neuroscience and behavior using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), counterfeit malaria medication prevalence, and public health nutrition in Ghana.
During her time in medical school, Ms. Ferrari has continued her research endeavors in the public health discipline, focusing on patient comprehension of prescription medication regimens in southeast Alabama. Ms. Ferrari is also currently an active member of several associations, including the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA).
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.