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June 13, 2022

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What You Need to Know

Statement from AACOM President and CEO on Tulsa Shooting, Call for End to Ongoing Gun Violence

 

The June 1 shooting at the Natalie Medical Building, on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, touched us as osteopathic medical educators, students and healers. As doctors we can and should be part of the journey toward identifying solutions. We intend to use our voice and influence as physicians and healers to help make change. Our hearts are with those in Tulsa, our colleagues and their patients. .

 

Over the weekend, a bipartisan group of 20 Senators—10 Republicans and 10 Democrats—announced an agreement on gun control legislation. Their proposed framework includes enhanced background checks for gun purchasers under 21, billions of dollars to expand the number of community mental health centers and suicide prevention programs, funding for states to enact red flag laws and banning convicted domestic abusers from purchasing or owning firearms. With its bipartisan support, Democratic leadership hopes to move the legislation quickly through both the Senate and the House in the coming weeks.

AACOM Advocates

Learn Effective Advocacy Tips from Key Experts

 

Members of the osteopathic medical education (OME) community are joining together on June 28 – 29 to elevate key issues to Congress. On June 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET, advocates will hear from policy experts, including a bipartisan congressional staff panel, and learn about the latest health policy developments and firsthand tips for successful advocacy. Finalized schedule to come soon.

 

Colleen Nguyen, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA)

 

Megan Thompson, Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

 

Steve Ackerman, Legislative Director, Representative Russ Fulcher (R-ID)

On June 29, #AACOMAdvocates will urge Congress to:

 

  • Guarantee Graduate Medical Education (GME) Parity – Speak up to ensure DOs applying to residency will not face outright exclusion or added testing, certification or accreditation barriers
  • Increase National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for COMs – Build on AACOM success in the fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill to support increased research funding and representation for osteopathic medical schools at the NIH

Policy Update

House Appropriations Committee Sets Schedule for Spending Bills

 

  • On June 8, House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) the committee’s schedule for fiscal year (FY) 2023 spending bills. Subcommittee reviews are set to begin June 15, followed by full committee markups of each of the 12 annual appropriations bills.
  • The committee is expected to conclude its FY23 review by June 30, teeing up potential floor votes in July. AACOM is pursuing appropriations requests focused on osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Comment Period Approaching for VA GME Pilot Program

 

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will accept comments through July 5, 2022 on its proposed rule to implement a new GME pilot program.
  • The pilot program will establish additional medical residency positions, enable the VA to fund residents in non-VA facilities and pay for certain costs of new residency programs. The proposed rule also details the VA’s plan to administer the program and outlines covered facilities, costs and other requirements for participation.
  • to learn more.

Engagement and Resources

Apply by June 30 for 2022 Faculty Loan Repayment Program: Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides up to $40,000 in loan repayment assistance to health professions faculty from economically and environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds at colleges of osteopathic medicine and other eligible health professions schools. .

Apply by July 7 for FY22 STAR Loan Repayment Program: HRSA's Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) seeks to recruit and retain behavioral and mental health professionals providing direct patient substance use disorder or recovery care. Eligible osteopathic physicians can receive up to $250,000 for a six-year, full-time service commitment at a STAR LRP-approved facility. .

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

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