n March 2, 2016, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) will hold its annual lobby day, the 2016 COM Day on Capitol Hill. AACOM will host deans, students, and other participants from the nation’s osteopathic medical schools in Washington, DC, to speak with legislators about the federal policies that impact graduate student debt and the future health care workforce.
This year, AACOM will be expanding our COM Day outreach through the association’s first Virtual Hill Day. While not all of our advocates will be in Washington, DC, a Virtual Hill Day will equip our students, educators, and administrators with digital tools to ensure the collective voice of the osteopathic medical education community is heard in the halls of Congress. Our Virtual Hill Day will allow students, residents, and other advocates the opportunity to participate in the COM Day action from their campuses or the comfort of their homes.
Here’s how students, residents, and other advocates can get involved:
1. Join ED to MED: In January, AACOM launched ED to MED, a national grassroots advocacy campaign to bring together students, medical educators, and other advocates to speak up on the issues impacting osteopathic medical students and schools. ED to MED ambassadors will receive exclusive tools to participate in our Virtual Hill Day. Be sure to join today to elevate your voice in the Halls of Congress.
2. Participate in our Thunderclap: Schedule a social media post and help us start a virtual movement during our Hill Day.
3. Share your Story: Using #DoneWithDebt on your favorite social media platform, share your graduate student loan debt story and why Congress needs to take action to protect the future health care workforce. Be sure to refer to our Tip Sheet to get the most out of your message.
4. Contact your Member of Congress: Whether by email, mail, or social media, Congress needs to hear from you. Our ED to MED members will receive access to messages that they can share directly with their Member of Congress in just one click!
Be sure to follow the conversation on #COMDay16 and #DoneWithDebt, and join the ED to MED movement.