October 4, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Join Us this Week for AACOM Advocacy Day!


In just two days 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.

October 6


Congressional Health Policy Update: Rep. Brad Wenstrup


On October 6 from 12:45 – 1:30 PM ET, U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH) will address AACOM Advocacy Day attendees, providing an update on federal policies impacting the OME community. Rep. Wenstrup is a longstanding champion of graduate medical education (GME), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and is the co-chair of the House GOP Doctor’s Caucus.

Behind the Scenes with Congressional Staff: Update on OME Policy Priorities


On October 6 from 1:30 – 2:15 PM ET, you will also hear from congressional staff members Stephanie Johnson and Jay Eberle during a bipartisan panel discussion covering the latest health policy developments as well as firsthand tips for successful advocacy.


Stephanie Johnson, RDN, LD

Legislative Assistant

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)


Jay Eberle

Legislative Assistant

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)


Advocacy Day Training with AACOM Government Relations


Closing out the day on October 6 at 3:00 PM ET, AACOM Government Relations will be providing an Advocacy Day training for all participants.


October 7


On October 7, advocates will communicate with Members of Congress through the while AACOM leadership and invited guests will take our message directly to Members of Congress in virtual meetings.


Thank you for helping us elevate federal policies and programs important to OME! For questions about AACOM Advocacy Day, please contact .



Raise Your Voice on AACOM Advocacy Day!

Join us virtually this October 6-7 to advocate for the following priorities on behalf of OME:

  • Remove discriminatory restrictions on DOs at federally funded GME programs
  • Increase National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding for osteopathic medical schools
  • Strengthen rural GME
  • Authorize health professions students to vaccinate during public health emergencies

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

Policy Update

Federal Government Funding Extended Through December 3, Debt Ceiling Unresolved


  • On September 29, President Biden signed a continuing resolution (CR) extending current levels of government funding into December.
  • The government had been set to shut down at midnight absent continued funding.
  • A previous bill, which tied continued government funding to lifting the debt ceiling, was blocked by Republican senators earlier in the week.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress that the debt ceiling must be lifted by October 18 in order to avoid the nation’s first credit default.
  • The release of a pre-negotiated “omnibus” appropriations bill covering all discretionary federal spending is likely by the end of the year.
  • AACOM is working to advance funding priorities as part of the appropriations process, including increasing NIH funding for colleges of osteopathic medicine, which advocates will be discussing during the 2021 AACOM Advocacy Day.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Delayed in House


  • Responding to the progressive wing of the caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delayed a planned vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that had previously passed the Senate.
  • Progressives were unhappy that the Senate has not yet passed the partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, as Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continue to seek a lower total spending number.
  • AACOM is seeking increased funding for the Teaching Health Center GME Program, Medicare GME and other medical education funding in the reconciliation bill.

Engagement and Resources

Recording Available for AACOM & HRSA Exclusive Webinar: Student Loan Repayment Opportunity: View a from AACOM’s webinar on September 22. Applications for the program are due on November 4.

Finance Committee Seeks Proposals to Enhance Behavioral Healthcare: The Senate Finance Committee will draft bipartisan legislation to address gaps in behavioral healthcare and seeks proposals from outside stakeholders. Comments are due on November 1. .

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