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TIPS for DO Residents and Fellows

AACOM is pleased to welcome the 14th Annual Class of TIPS Fellows. The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Program was created to provide a year-long experience for osteopathic physicians in training—DO residents and fellows—to become familiar with health care issues as they relate to federal and state policies, and to equip them with the skills necessary to meaningfully participate in policy discussions and committee work.

Health Policy Collaboration across the Continuum of OME

The program is offered by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) in collaboration with AACOM, as well as other AACOM member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts that may seek leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and/or positions of influence in health policy; and are prepared to serve on committees and task forces at the federal and state levels, testify on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine, and develop policy positions.

During the program, participants attend four intensive three-day seminars including an academic orientation, followed by rotations among COMS and the AACOM and AOA offices in Washington, D.C. Between monthly seminars, participants are expected to devote a minimum of 20 hours to research and written reports, culminating in a health policy project. The 2015-16 Class of TIPS Fellows will be attending the AACOM-focused seminar from December 9 to 11, 2015. Get details for the event here.

2015-16 Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellows:

Precious Barnes, DO, MS Specialty: Family Medicine/NMM/OMM
University of New England COM, Biddeford, ME 
Graduated from: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Radhika Bhatt, DO
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norristown, PA
Graduated from: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Tameka Byrd, DO, MPH
Specialty: Family Medicine
Pavilion Family Medicine Center, Warner Robins, GA
Graduated from: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)

Maricel Dela Cruz, DO, MPH
Specialty: Emergency Medicine & Family Medicine
Aria Health Bucks County, Langhorne, PA
Graduated from: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)

Rodney Fullmer, DO
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Franciscan/Midwestern, Olympia Fields, IL 
Graduated from: Midwestern University College of Health Sciences 

Stephen Henry, DO, MS
Specialty: Family Medicine
South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY
Graduated from: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM)

Evan Mason, DO
Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH – July 2016
Graduated from:  A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)

Mayoora Muthu, DO
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, PA
Graduated from: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

Matthew Widmer, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, OH  
Graduated from: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) 

For more information, visit NYIT-COM’s Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) web page.

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10