AACOM hosted the 2013 Health Policy Fellowship Seminar December 5-7, 2013, at its office in Chevy Chase, MD. Fellows flew in from across the country to participate in the seminar, which featured interactive dialogue with prominent health policy makers and experts on the topic of the federal role in health policy.
The seminar opened on December 5 with welcoming remarks from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH. Throughout the seminar, Fellows also heard presentations from other federal officials, including:
- Malcolm Cox, MD, Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Benefits Administration, on the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations in health policy;
- Robert McNellis, MPH, PA, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, on the role of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships in health policy;
- Edward Salsberg, Director, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, on the role of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in health policy;
- Marcia K. Brand, PhD, Deputy Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, on the role of the Health Resources and Services Administration in health policy;
- William D. Rogers, MD, Medical Officer, Office of the Administrator, Director, Physicians Regulatory Issues Team, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on the role of the CMS in health policy.
The Fellows also participated in engaging discussions on various health policy and advocacy issues after presentations from Carol Monaco, Director, Federal Affairs, Department of Government Relations, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and Tannaz Rasouli, MPH, Director, Government Relations, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
AACOM staff presenters at the seminar included Tyler Cymet, DO, Chief of Clinical Medical Education, who presented an overview of AACOM’s role in the White House Joining Forces initiative; Pamela Murphy, MSW, Director of Government Relations, who delivered AACOM’s legislative update; and Mary-Lynn Bender, Assistant Director of Government Relations, who discussed the role of coalitions in health policy.
The Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine coordinate this certificate program in health policy through a collaboration of AACOM and its member colleges, and the AOA.