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On February 25, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) held its annual lobby day, COM Day on Capitol Hill.  Seventeen deans and representatives from the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) were in attendance at this year’s event.

Participants enjoyed a pre-COM Day dinner featuring Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) who spoke about his legislative efforts on issues of importance to the COMs, including providing insight into the new Congress as well as his leadership on the House Appropriations Committee.

The 2015 COM Day on Capitol Hill kicked off with a legislative briefing led by AACOM Vice President of Government Relations, Pamela Murphy, who spoke about programmatic and funding priorities for osteopathic medical education.  Following the briefing, the participants met with more than 65 Members of Congress and their staffs to discuss a variety of issues impacting the COMs, including graduate medical education (GME), in particular support for the Teaching Health Center GME Program, primary care workforce funding priorities, and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and legislative efforts to address the financial burden of medical student debt.

Participating schools included: 

  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
  • Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

For news and updates about the 2016 COM Day on Capitol Hill and for more information about AACOM’s advocacy in action, visit the Issues and Advocacy web page.

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March 2015
Vol. 9, No. 3