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Clare Crosh began her Osteopathic Health Policy Internship (OHPI) on Thursday, March 6. Ms. Crosh is a third-year osteopathic medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU). She holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Indiana University (IU), and is on pace to graduate from CCOM/MWU in May 2015 with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.  

Clare’s desire to become a physician began when she was twelve years-old when a classmate and close friend of hers became very ill. The patience, kindness, and compassion exercised by the physician caring for her friend left an indelible impression on Clare. Years later, while Clare was a senior at IU, her human biology professor introduced her osteopathic medicine and its philosophies. Later that year, Clare shadowed an osteopathic physician who practiced family medicine—an experience Clare says was “both rewarding and inspiring”—which solidified her decision to pursue her osteopathic medical degree.

As a student at CCOM/MWU, Ms. Crosh is an active member of her campus community, including the CCOM/MWU chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), where she is a member of the Political Affairs Committee. She also serves in leadership roles for campus organizations such as Students for Environmental Awareness and Action and the Student Osteopathic Pediatric Association.

At the end of her two-month OHPI experience, Ms. Crosh anticipates having valuable first-hand experience with public policy and advocacy on a national level, better equipping her to pursue her goal of becoming a leader in the realm of health policy. She plans to pursue her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree after residency.

The OHPI Program is an opportunity for osteopathic medical students to work in AACOM’s Government Relations Department, 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 webpage for further information on the OHPI Program.
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March 2014
Vol. 8, No. 3