AACOM welcomed Patricia Egwuatu, a fourth-year student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), to its Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program on Monday, June 8, 2015. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Among the many professional membership and leadership roles she has undertaken throughout her educational career, Patricia has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of PNWU-COM’s Student Government Association and is currently the Region 4 Trustee for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). She is the outgoing Health Disparities Director of the SOMA National Board and is also the past president of the PNWU Global Health Club. Additionally, she was a founding member of both the PNWU chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the Yakima Health Equity Forum, where she served as Co-Director.
Patricia plans to focus her health policy research on the need to increase graduate medical education and explore alternate funding sources and routes to increase medical residency positions. Patricia’s internship will last through the end of July.
The OHPI Program is an opportunity for osteopathic medical students to work in AACOM’s government relations department, gain a deeper understanding of health policy development and implementation, meet with federal agency officials, attend hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill, and conduct research on current health policy issues.
Please visit the OHPI webpage for further information on the OHPI Program.