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April 18, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Our Voices Are Stronger Together: Register for AACOM Advocacy Day

 

Join us virtually on June 28-29, 2022 to advocate for federal policy priorities of the osteopathic medical education community. will feature virtual informational panels and opportunities to engage Congress in support of policies and programs critical to osteopathic medical schools, students and physicians.

AACOM Advocates

 

Urge Congress to Support DO GME Parity

Join AACOM in urging Congress to ensure all residency programs are open to DO graduates. According to the National Resident Matching Program, no less than nine percent of residency programs said they never interview DOs and another 27 percent said they seldom do. In addition, 32 percent of residency programs require DO students to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Raise your voice to help us address this systemic problem.

Policy Update

Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze Through August

 

  • On April 6, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) it is extending the current student loan payment and interest moratorium until August 31, 2022.
  • When payments resume, ED will remove delinquency and default status for all borrowers with paused loans, allowing them to reenter repayment in good standing. .

COVID-19 Funding Deal Stalls in Senate

  • Congress has been unable to advance a $10 billion bipartisan deal for COVID-19 preparedness spending due to disagreements on border policy.
  • The Biden Administration had previously announced it would end the “Title 42” policy, a pandemic-related restriction on asylum seekers. Republicans and some Democrats want an amendment vote on Title 42 during Senate consideration of the COVID-19 spending deal.
  • Under the agreement, $9.25 billion would be allocated to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for vaccines, therapeutics and testing capacity. The remaining $750 million is for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for research and development of vaccines for emerging variants.
  • Congressional leaders will seek consensus on amendments when the Senate returns from recess on April 25, 2022.

Engagement and Resources

Don’t Miss Advocacy Presentations at Educating Leaders 2022: Join us at the AACOM Annual Conference for covering what’s happening in Washington, DC. Whether you attend live in Denver or virtually, we invite you to join these sessions to increase your policy knowledge and help make your advocacy more effective. Onsite registration has sold out for the first time in history, but you may still attend virtually if you haven’t yet registered. .

NHSC Webinar Recording Available: Last week, AACOM hosted a webinar with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program. for the program are due by May 5, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET. .

Apply by May 15 for AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship: AACOM's is a year-long experiential training program for osteopathic physicians and other associated health professionals to develop the skills they need to analyze, formulate and implement health policy on the local, state and national levels. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2022, and the selection process is highly competitive. .

COMs – Apply for Public Health Scholarship Program: HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce is awarding $39 million for 26 awards to strengthen the public health workforce. Grantees will develop scholarship programs that incentivize individuals to pursue careers in public health. Health professions schools, including colleges of osteopathic medicine, are eligible to apply. .

Visit AACOM's for federal grants of interest to osteopathic medical education.

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