Join Us Tomorrow for AACOM Advocacy Day!




June 27, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Join Us on Tuesday and Wednesday for AACOM Advocacy Day!


Tomorrow, AACOM Advocacy Day will bring together individuals from across the nation to advance osteopathic medical education (OME) federal policy priorities. Whether you’re a dean, student, resident, practicing DO, faculty member or another member of the OME community, you’ll be part of a unified voice elevating key issues to Congress. Here is what to expect.

June 28: Informational Panels from 12:45–3:00 PM ET


12:45 PM ET – Opening Remarks from AACOM President and CEO Robert A. Cain, DO

1:00 PM ET – Congressional Health Policy Update: Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA)


Hear from Rep. Thompson about federal policies impacting the OME community. Rep. Thompson is a champion of affordable healthcare for all, veterans’ health and mental health services. He serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and is a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health. .

1:30 PM ET – Behind the Scenes with Congressional Staff: Update on OME Policy Priorities


Advocates will engage with congressional staff members Colleen Nguyen, Steve Ackerman and Megan Thompson during a bipartisan panel discussion covering the latest health policy developments as well as firsthand tips for successful advocacy.


Colleen Nguyen

Senior Health Policy Advisor

Senator Mark R. Warner



Steve Ackerman

Legislative Director

Representative Russ Fulcher



Megan Thompson

Senior Policy Advisor

Senator Jacky Rosen


2:00 PM ET – Advocacy Day Training with AACOM Government Relations


Closing out the day, AACOM Government Relations will provide a training on understanding and advancing policy priorities, conducting lobby day meetings and using the AACOM Action Center to send grassroots messages to Congress.


June 29: Unified Advocacy, Take Action!


Advocates will send grassroots messages to Congress through the , while OME leaders will participate in virtual meetings with their Members of Congress and ask them to champion our policy priorities.


Join us in elevating federal policies and programs important to OME! For questions about AACOM Advocacy Day, please contact .

AACOM Advocates

Take Action on Key Policy Issues and Access Advocacy Resources

  • Guarantee Graduate Medical Education Parity – Speak up to ensure DOs applying to residency will not face outright exclusion or added testing requirements, such as the USMLE.
  • Increase National Institutes of Health Funding for COMs – Build on AACOM success from the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill to support increased NIH research funding and representation for osteopathic medical schools.

As you are preparing to make your voice heard, access these instructional resources to help you effectively tell your story:

Policy Update

House Committee Report Urges OMT for Veterans as FY23 Appropriations Process Continues


  • AACOM secured an important victory as part of our comprehensive engagement strategy to encourage the assessment and use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) among veterans.
  • The House FY23 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill included report language directing the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide data on the use of OMT in the treatment of veterans.
  • The report also recognizes the importance of OMT as a non-addictive treatment to pain, noting, “The Committee is aware that doctors of osteopathic medicine receive intensive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and play an important role in the treatment of veterans, who experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than nonveterans.”

LHHSE Marks Up FY23 Bill


  • Additionally, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its FY23 on June 23, with full committee consideration set for June 30. AACOM analysis of the bill is forthcoming.
  • For a list of FY22 funding priorities for the OME community, read our .

Department of Education Postpones Rulemaking on Gainful Employment


  • Last week the Department of Education (ED) announced that it does not plan to propose a new gainful employment (GE) rule until spring 2023.
  • ED previously indicated plans to release a proposed rule on GE this summer after the Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the issue.
  • ED is expected to release proposals on a number of including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, income-driven repayment and borrower defense.

ED Unveils Updates to Title IX Regulations


  • On the fiftieth anniversary of the preeminent gender-equity law, June 23, 2022, ED released for public comment its long-awaited updates to protections under Title IX. Read a summary of the .

Engagement and Resources

Celebrating Pride Month: An Interview with Dr. Nicole Wadsworth: AACOM recently spoke with Nicole Wadsworth, DO, dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, about her efforts to address bias and health inequities among the LGBTQIA+ community and how colleges of osteopathic medicine can contribute to a more equitable healthcare landscape for LGBTQIA+ patients. .

RVU’s Interprofessional Addiction Medicine Student Interest Group Helps Expand Community Access to Naloxone in Colorado: Members of Rocky Vista University (RVU)'s Interprofessional Addiction Medicine Student Interest Group—Austin Anderson, OMS III; Helena Heister, MSBS '22; Emily Paz, OMS III; and Brigitte Weil, OMS II—spent weeks preparing to testify before the Colorado State Legislature in support of HB22-1326, a bill that will help expand community access to Naloxone in the state of Colorado. After 12 hours of testimony, submitted virtually and in writing, the bill passed both houses in May and, once signed by Governor Jared Polis, will go into effect July 1. .

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