June 14, 2021

What You Need to Know


AACOM endorsed legislation to:

On The Hill

AACOM Endorses Bill to Expand THCGME Program


AACOM the Doctors of Community (DOC) Act (S. 1958/H.R. 3671), which would permanently authorize and expand the THCGME Program to help address the nation’s primary care physician shortage.

  • The DOC Act by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA).
  • Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, participated in Congressman Pallone’s on behalf of AACOM.
  • With increased funding provided by the , the THCGME Program would create 100 new teaching health centers and 1,600 resident physician slots.

AACOM Endorses Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Rural GME


the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2021 (S. 1893). Introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Barrasso (R-WY), the would:

  • Lift residency training caps that disadvantage rural hospitals in recruiting residents,
  • Extend equitable federal funding to rural hospitals for residency training, and
  • Allow Medicare to reimburse urban hospitals that send residents to train in rural healthcare facilities.

AACOM Analyzes OME Provisions in FY22 President’s Budget


Read of osteopathic medical education (OME) provisions of interest in President Biden’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 .



Administration and Federal Agencies

ED Issues Guidance on Reopening Schools, Student Loan Oversight


The US Department of Education (ED) seeks to address COVID-19’s impact on institutions of higher education and provide for safe reopening.


ED’s Office of Federal Student Aid signaled a willingness to coordinate with state and federal regulators in student loan company oversight. This is a reversal of a Trump Administration policy.

Reminder: ED and CMS Regulations Open for Public Comment

Please notify AACOM GR at if you or your institution plan to provide public comment.

Reminder: Apply for HRSA’s 2021 Faculty Loan Repayment Program


Administered by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Bureau of Health Workforce, the works to recruit and retain faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds with an eligible health professions degree. Applications are due by July 1, 2021.




to sign on to the DOC Act, which aims to expand primary care access in rural and underserved communities by permanently and sustainably funding the THCGME Program.


to sign on to the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2021, which aims to address rural physician shortages by equitably funding rural residency training.

Engagement and Resources

UNTHSC/TCOM Professor Awarded CDC Fellowship: Didi Ebert-Blackburn, DO, will be trained by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts on implementing healthcare policy locally and nationally to significantly impact population health. .

UNE COM Student Chosen for NIH Elective Research Rotation: In collaboration with National Institutes of Health (NIH) teaching faculty, Ashley Cronkright will learn to manage many complex patients with a spectrum of reproductive, genetic and endocrine pathology. .

Apply by August 15 for AACOM’s Minority Medical Student Scholarship: AACOM’s Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship is awarded to both incoming and continuing underrepresented minority students at AACOM member colleges of osteopathic medicine. .

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

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