Congressional Letter Urges NIH to Increase Funding for Osteopathic Research
Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Representative Susie Lee (D-NV) spearheaded a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to end an historic funding disparity and unlock the unique potential of osteopathic physicians and researchers. The AACOM-organized letter was signed by 26 Members of Congress and outlines critical steps for the NIH to expand research funding for colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs).
The letter builds on congressional language in the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill that highlighted the disparity and acknowledged the benefit of osteopathic research. Increasing NIH funding for osteopathic research was a key priority during AACOM Advocacy Day, and we thank our deans, students, faculty and all members of the osteopathic community for helping us achieve this important success. AACOM expects that this letter will facilitate more NIH funding for osteopathic medicine, and we will continue to lead on this critical issue.
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Dean and Students Reflect on AACOM Advocacy Day
MSUCOM Dean Andy Amalfitano, DO, PhD, and students wrote about their experience at AACOM Advocacy Day 2022. Courtney Merlo, OMS IV and National Student Osteopathic Medical Association President, said of her experience advocating for parity for DO students applying to residency, “I have a lot of skin in the game as a fourth-year medical student going into the match. I’m very invested in this.” Read more.