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OME Advocates Storm the Hill on AACOM COM Day 2017 and Virtual Hill Day

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Osteopathic medical deans, students, and educators from 24 colleges of osteopathic medicine recently convened in Washington, DC, for the association’s annual advocacy day. On the evening of March 7, U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) addressed attendees at dinner, during which he shared his perspective on the Republican legislative agenda for the 115th Congress, discussed his work on the House Appropriations Committee, and answered questions on policy issues impacting the future physician workforce.

March 8, a full day of nearly 100 congressional meetings, gave attendees the chance to share their stories with their legislators and voice their support for education and health care policy changes to protect the future physician workforce. On social media, AACOM’s 2nd annual Virtual Hill Day engaged the wider OME community to speak up on issues affecting graduate student financial aid and debt, and federal funding for medical residency training. Eighteen ED to MED campus ambassadors participated in the in-person advocacy day as well as being active on social media.

The newest ED to MED blog post highlights COM Day and Virtual Hill Day outcomes and engagement, spotlighting digital advocacy highlights and providing an extensive social media snapshot in a Storify highlight reel:

OME Community Mobilizes to Create Change in Congress--AACOM's Virtual Hill Day #COMDay17 https://t.co/Nea0sgSIh9 via @aacommunities

This article originally appeared in the March 27, 2017 issue of the Washington Insider.