March 7, 2022

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Four Can’t-Miss Sessions at Educating Leaders 2022


Join us at , the AACOM Annual Conference, for four presentations 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:

  • On April 27 at 10:30 AM MT, AACOM VP of Government Relations David Bergman, JD, will provide the and share our priorities, progress and predictions for Congress and the Administration.
  • On April 29 at 10:30 AM MT, AACOM Director of Government Relations Julie Crockett will do a , such as federal financial aid and loan repayment programs.
  • On April 29 at 11:00 AM MT, AACOM Associate Director of Government Relations Jordan Vivian will lead an and share techniques to make you an even more effective advocate for osteopathic medical education (OME).
  • Available on-demand, speakers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will discuss at the NIH. NIH officials will share information about grant funding and opportunities to serve on NIH councils and study sections, along with other resources.

Take advantage of discounted pricing now through March 31, 2022.

AACOM Advocates

Raise Your Voice! Stop One-Third of Medicare GME Programs from Discriminating Against DOs

Join the OME community in urging Congress to ensure all residency programs are open to DO graduates. Medicare accounts for 71 percent of all graduate medical education (GME) funding. Yet, new data show that one-third of Medicare GME programs, up from 20 percent, impose costly, burdensome and unnecessary requirements for DO participation. These practices exacerbate the workforce shortage by limiting access to osteopathic physicians. Congress must pass legislation that prohibits residency programs receiving federal GME funding from discriminating against DOs.

Policy Update

COVID-19, Mental Health Highlighted in Biden’s State of the Union


  • President Biden delivered his first State of the Union (SOTU) address last week, which covered a range of topics meant to highlight political wins from his first year in office and appeal broadly to voters ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.
  • The President raised several issues important to the OME community, including to address the opioid crisis, for healthcare workers' behavioral health and continued efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Absent from the speech were actionable steps on higher education policy issues such as student loan debt and free college. See of healthcare policies in the SOTU.

Engagement and Resources

VCOM Partners with U.S. Southern Command to Aid Medically Underserved Populations: The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) will partner with the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) to bring much-needed medical care to remote areas in the Latin American and Caribbean regions. USSOUTHCOM Command Surgeon Navy Capt. Christine L. Sears noted that VCOM’s permanent medical teaching clinics in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador demonstrate VCOM’s commitment to global health and community-based medicine and align well with USSOUTHCOM’s Enduring Promise to serve and support its partners in the region. Collaboration with USSOUTHCOM will especially benefit VCOM military scholarship students by providing unparalleled joint medical humanitarian engagements assisting remote populations and working with the military, an opportunity that will prepare them for their military medical careers. and about the partnership.

Deadline Approaching to Apply for New CMS GME Slots: View an AACOM webinar that reviews the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services related to GME funding and the distribution of 1,000 new GME slots. A reminder that eligible hospitals for these new GME slots by March 31, 2022.

Apply for THCGME Funding: Applications for Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education awards are due by March 31, 2022. Two award types, expansion full-time equivalent (FTE) and new FTE resident positions, are available to support primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. .

CFPB Issues Compliance and Policy Guidance Regarding Loan Servicing: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a regarding the servicing of federal student loans for borrowers eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Servicers are reminded to provide accurate information when communicating with borrowers about the recently announced PSLF Waiver.

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