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AACOM Spearheads Bill for DO Residency Fairness

Reintroduced by Representatives Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Sam Graves (R-MO) and Jared Golden (D-ME), the Fair Access In Residency (FAIR) Act ensures that Medicare-funded residency programs accept DO applications and their licensing exam, the COMLEX-USA.

Stay tuned for updates and ways you can help ensure DO applicants have fair access to residency programs.

FAIR Act Resources

Questions? Please contact aacomgr@aacom.org if you have questions and want to be actively involved in advancing this key priority.

32% of residency program directors never or seldom interview DO students, 56% of residency program directors that interview DOs require the USMLE

AACOM Spearheads Bill to Expand Community-Based Training in Medically Underserved Communities

Introduced by Representatives Carol Miller (R-WV) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) in the House, and Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate, the Community Training, Education, and Access for Medical Students (Community TEAMS) Act creates a new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant program that funds medical school clinical rotations in rural and underserved areas.

Stay tuned for updates and ways you can help expand training opportunities for medical students and increase access to care for rural and underserved populations.

Community TEAMS Act Resources

  • Take Action – Tell your Members of Congress to support the Community TEAMS Act today!
  • HR 7258 Bill Text – Learn what the Community TEAMS Act does.
  • S 3968 Bill Text - Learn more about the Senate version of the Community TEAMS Act.
  • Community TEAMS Act One Pager - Learn more about the purpose, background, and impact of the Community TEAMS Act.
  • Coalition Support Letter - Organizational support is growing! If you participate in an organization that may want to sign the letter, please email aacomgr@aacom.org.

    Questions? Please contact aacomgr@aacom.org if you have questions and want to be actively involved in advancing this key priority.

    AACOM and ACOI Host Joint Congressional Briefing on Rural Health

    On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, AACOM and the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) hosted a joint congressional lunch briefing, “Rural and Underserved Health: DOs Mending the Breach.” The briefing was presented in partnership with the Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus and with support from the National Rural Health Association.

    The hour-long briefing included presentations on the history of osteopathic medicine, the community-based distributed model of education and the role the osteopathic profession plays in serving rural and underserved populations.

    Featured speakers included:

    • Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, president & chief executive officer, AACOM
    • Robert T. Hasty, DO, FACOI, FACP, president, ACOI, and dean & chief academic officer, Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, president, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Representative Carol Miller (R-WV), lead sponsor of the Community TEAMS Act and a cosponsor of the FAIR Act, provided recorded remarks for the briefing.

    Dave Bergman, AACOM senior vice president of government relations and health affairs, and Tim McNichol, ACOI deputy executive director, also highlighted bipartisan policy solutions to improve healthcare in rural and underserved communities, including the FAIR Act and the Community TEAMS Act. More than 45 congressional staffers attended this important event.

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