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AACOM Urges Congress and the Administration to Protect Patient Care


November 21, 2011

Wendy Fernando
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Phone: 301-968-4174
E-mail: wfernando@aacom.org

Statement by 

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine


As Congress and the Administration continue their discussions aimed at controlling spending and bringing the nation’s deficit under control, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) strongly urges them to ensure that our nation’s health takes precedence during their deliberations.

Graduating from medical school is only half the journey to becoming a physician—graduate medical education is a requirement for licensure and specialty training. Graduate medical education funding is necessary for our medical residency programs to continue educating their current number of future physicians, not to mention the additional physicians that will be needed to help ensure access to the high-quality patient care our nation deserves. With changing demographics and rising rates of chronic disease, our nation already is confronting a physician shortage it can ill afford.

America’s ability to sustain and expand its health care workforce also will be critical to our economic well-being. Physicians trained in the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine are national and local leaders in providing primary care to the American people – care that has been demonstrated time and again to generate budgetary savings in the public and private sectors and to improve Americans’ health.

Thus, AACOM urges national policy leaders to work together on strategic deficit reduction solutions that will provide long-term protection for patient care, and to resist short-term solutions that will impede access to the high-quality health care that today’s Americans and tomorrow’s generations require. The health of Americans, and the health of our economy, will depend on long-term solutions that put patients and our communities first.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. The organization today represents the administration, faculty and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

Additional Contacts:

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO 
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
(301) 968-4142

Pamela Murphy, MSW
Director of Government Relations
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 
(301) 968-9151

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