AACOM welcomed Erin Board to its Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program on Monday, February 2. She is a fourth-year student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree and a Master of Public Health from West Virginia University.
Erin has served as a Clinical Volunteer with Allen Stone SoftPower Community Health Clinic in Uganda; Program Director for Public Health Assessment for Medical Student Missions in Haiti; and most recently completed a health policy internship on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Joe Manchin III. She is also the Founding President and member of the WVSOM Wilderness Medicine Club, and a member of the American Public Health Association.
Erin recently matched to her favored residency program, the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME), a national teaching health center in Auburn, Washington. Erin has chosen the WCGME Family Medicine National Network program for her residency training, through which she will have the opportunity to work with Auburn’s rural community (which has a diverse international population, including a large number of immigrants and refugees), starting in July.
Erin plans to focus her health policy research on quality of care in rural and underserved settings. This internship will allow Erin to investigate federal legislative approaches to addressing rural and underserved areas, and how to more effectively serve and improve the overall health of these populations. Erin’s internship will run through the end of March.
AACOM’s OHPI Program is an 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 2016 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Program. The deadline to submit applications for the program was February 23, 2015.
Visit the AACOM Fellowships and Internships web page for more information about the OHPI Program, and other available opportunities.