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n April, AACOM officially launched ED to MED, a national grassroots advocacy campaign, to empower medical students, medical educators, and other advocates nationwide to raise the profile of medical and graduate student debt issues on Capitol Hill.

The launch of the full campaign website introduced new features, including tools to make it easier for advocates to tell their stories, send messages to their Members of Congress, and learn more about the policy issues around medical and graduate student debt.

The ED to MED blog is quickly becoming a popular resource for students and other advocates to learn about the issues surrounding medical and graduate student debt, particularly during the Higher Education Act reauthorization negotiations.

If you have not yet had a chance to review our blog, please take a moment to skim some of our recent blog posts:

  • The interest rates that students get on their loans can mean a difference of thousands of dollars over the life of their loans. Learn how interest rates are determined and how they impact long-term financial sustainability.
  • In 2011, Congress passed a law costing graduate students, in aggregate, $18.1 billion. Find out how this law is costing students thousands of additional dollars in loan payments.
  • Storytelling is a critical component for advocacy. Read about the impact student debt had on one physician’s finances after graduation.
  • School is out for summer, making it a perfect time for students to focus on their finances. Here are 4 ways osteopathic medical students can be an advocate for their financial future this summer.

As the campaign continues to pick up steam, AACOM is asking medical students, residents, faculty, and other advocates to share their story or expertise on the ED to MED blog. To share your story or for more information about getting involved with ED to MED, please email AACOM Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager, Liane Weissenberger, at lweissenberger@aacom.org.

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June 2016
Vol. 10, No. 5


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