AACOM recently welcomed Douglas Anderson to its Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program on Monday, April 6. Doug is currently a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Doug previously served as the National Legislative Affairs Representative on the Executive Board of AACOM's Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), as well as Chair of the Student Government Association and Student Member of the Board of Trustees at PCOM. Through his leadership experiences, Doug has developed an understanding and appreciation for the tight knit osteopathic medical community. He notes the unique set of issues that brings osteopathic medical students and the osteopathic community together, which has allowed him to establish pride and comradery with his peers in being a DO student.
Doug is also an Air Force Health Profession’s Scholarship (AFHPSP) recipient, and an enlisted member of the air force. He is the first in his family to commit to the military and to medicine.
Doug recently matched to his favored residency program, the general surgery program at Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, PA. Doug has chosen this program for his clinical training, in preparation for the four-year military commitment he will fulfill post-residency as a general surgeon of the air force.
AACOM’s OHPI Program is a unique opportunity for selected students to gain a deeper understanding of health policy development and implementation, meet with federal agency officials, attend hearings on Capitol Hill, conduct research on health policy, and complete a paper on their chosen topic. Current osteopathic medical students who are interested in health policy and would like to gain first-hand experience in Washington, DC, are encouraged to apply now for AACOM’s 2017 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Program. Be sure to check AACOM’s OHPI web page for updates on the 2017 application deadline.
Visit the AACOM Fellowships and Internships web page for more information about the OHPI Program, and for other available opportunities.