July 26, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know


House Plans Vote on Appropriations Minibus


The House is scheduled to vote next week on the of fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding bills. Notably for osteopathic medical education (OME), the seven-bill package includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill, which would provide $237 billion in discretionary funding next year. Under the measure, the US Department of Health and Human Services would receive $119.8 billion, a $22.9 billion increase from FY21. The bill funds the US Department of Education (ED) at $102.8 billion, an increase of $29.3 billion above the FY21 levels and the same as the President’s budget request. For specific programs and provisions of importance to OME, please review .

AACOM Releases Model Policy, and ED Shares Guidance, on Title IX Regulations


AACOM’s Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism released a new model document, titled , based on the 2020 Title IX regulations that may be used and adopted by AACOM’s member schools to outline their commitment to equal opportunity and provision of a safe and non-discriminatory educational and working environment.


ED’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently explaining how OCR interprets schools’ obligations under the 2020 Title IX regulation, which remains in effect while OCR continues its of Title IX actions.

Teaching Health Center Funding Opportunities Available


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released two new funding opportunities to primary care residency programs in rural and underserved communities and new community-based residency programs through the Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program. Up to 50 grantees will receive a total of approximately $25 million over two years to establish these residency programs or rural residency training tracks in primary care specialties. The application deadline for both is August 30, 2021.

Apply for Funding to Promote Mental Health Among the Health Workforce


HRSA unveiled new funding opportunities for provider resiliency workforce training programs dedicated to reducing burnout and promoting mental health among the health and public safety workforce. Healthcare organizations and educational institutions, including colleges of osteopathic medicine, are eligible. Applications are due August 30, 2021. .


Urge Congress to Expand GME to Address the Substance Use Disorder Crisis


According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record number of people in the US died from an overdose last year, reflecting an increase of nearly 30 percent over 2019 and underscoring the urgency and importance of addressing the opioid and substance use disorder crisis.


to support the Opioid Workforce Act of 2021/Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act of 2021 (S. 1438/H.R. 3441), which would create 1,000 new Medicare-supported residency positions over five years at hospitals that have, or are in the process of establishing, approved residency programs in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain management.


Urge Senators to Mobilize Student Vaccinators


As Congress considers legislation to advance emergency preparedness and accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of 21st century cures, to support the Student Assisted Vaccination Effort (SAVE) Act, which would permit DO and other health professions students to administer vaccines with supervision during future public health emergencies.

Policy Update

Bipartisan Infrastructure Vote Fails in Senate, $3.5 Trillion Budget on Hold


  • The Senate failed to move forward on a $569 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill last week as talks continue. Negotiators expressed optimism a deal would be reached soon.
  • Congressional leadership has tied the fate of the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the Democrats’ recently announced $3.5 trillion budget and the “human infrastructure” spending it would enable.
  • The budget calls for funding for many of President Biden’s priorities including new investments in child-care, paid leave and Medicare expansion.

Congress Pressures ED to Extend Student Loan Repayment Pause


  • House and Senate Democratic leaders are pushing for a fourth extension of the moratorium on federal student loan payments and interest accrual set to expire on September 30.
  • Democratic Senators extending the pause until at least March 31, 2022.

HRSA Updates List of HPSA Designations


  • HRSA the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups and facilities designated as primary medical care, dental health and mental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The lists are current as of April 30, 2021. .

Biden Taps Former WV State Health Officer to Lead ONDCP


  • President Biden Dr. Rahul Gupta, the former West Virginia State Health Officer, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy and direct the opioid crisis response. He would be the first physician to hold that position if confirmed.

ED to Waive Most FAFSA Verification Requirements for 2021-22 Award Year


  • ED to the FAFSA verification process for the 2021-22 award year, providing relief to millions of low-income students.
  • Specifically, ED is waiving verification requirements for most FAFSA information except identity/statement of educational purpose and high school completion status.

Engagement and Resources

AACOM/AOGME Hosts Virtual Residency Fair on August 6: Register today to engage with participating residency programs and scheduled sessions to discuss residency application tips and strategies. .


NIH Launches REACH LRP: Beginning September 1, the Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health Loan Repayment Program (REACH LRP) will be available to all extramural LRP applicants. REACH LRP is intended to address priority emerging and gap areas of research. .

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