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On Wednesday, April 2, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) held its 2014 COM Day on Capitol Hill for teams selected by its Board of Deans. The event was held in conjunction with the association’s Annual Conference, which took place April 2-5 in Washington, DC. The 2014 COM Day consisted of a full day of meetings with the AACOM teams and Members of Congress and congressional staff to discuss issues of importance to osteopathic medical education (OME). Fourteen colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) were represented at the event.

On the eve of the event, AACOM hosted an invitation-only welcome dinner for COM Day teams, where Charlene MacDonald, Budget Analyst, Senate Budget Committee, with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), was the featured speaker. Participants also attended a legislative breakfast briefing prior to their scheduled congressional meetings. Pamela Murphy, AACOM Director of Government Relations, discussed AACOM’s current legislative efforts on issues of importance to osteopathic medical education as well as the association’s public policy priorities.

Subsequently, the deans and their selected teams from participating COMs met with nearly 60 congressional offices, on a range of issues of importance to OME, including graduate medical education funding, primary care workforce issues, and medical school debt.

Participating schools included:

  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rocky Vista University  College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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April/May 2014
Vol. 8, No. 4/5