September 7, 2021

AACOM in Action

What You Need to Know

Shape the Future of Osteopathic Medical Education: Register for AACOM Advocacy Day


Sign up today for AACOM Advocacy Day, held virtually on October 6-7, to join hundreds of like-minded advocates–students, residents, DOs, faculty and more–to ensure that osteopathic medical education (OME) priorities are integrated into federal policies and programs. Advocates will ask Congress to:

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

Take a stand for OME and ! There is no cost to register.

Senate Approves Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Senate and House Pass Budget Resolution

  • Infrastructure: The Senate voted 69-30 on August 10 to approve a $1 trillion bipartisan bill that invests in and transforms transportation, water, energy and broadband infrastructure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed a September 27 deadline to vote on the infrastructure package.
  • Budget: On August 11, after a marathon “vote-a-rama” session, the Senate voted 50-49 along party lines to adopt a $3.5 trillion spending blueprint, which focuses on Democratic priorities that President Biden outlined in his American Jobs Plan. The House then approved the budget framework on August 24, after days of negotiations between Democratic leadership and moderates. Committees will have until September 15 to craft their sections of the spending bill, which is expected to include significant funding for families, healthcare, climate and jobs. Support from all 50 Democratic Senators is required for passage. .



Urge Congress to Support GME Policies in Budget Reconciliation


to include measures that strengthen public health infrastructure and the physician workforce in the pending budget reconciliation package. Continued investment in federal GME funding is critical to ensure the stability and continuity of residency programs.


Ask Congress to Provide Interest-Free Student Loan Deferment for Medical Residents


to support the Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act. The REDI Act would make medical education more affordable by providing interest-free student loan deferment for medical and dental residents.


Share Your PSLF Story!



The U.S. Department of Education (ED) seeks public comments on administrative improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, as well as individual student loan borrowers’ experiences while working in public service or pursuing PSLF. Share your story and !

Policy Update

ED Unveils Several Student Loan Policy Changes


  • After waiving many of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year due to COVID-19, ED will restart of financial aid applicants for the 2022-2023 school year, which begins on October 1.
  • ED will provide to eligible disabled borrowers. Initially, ED will cancel $5.8 billion in student loan debt for 323,000 borrowers.
  • ED retroactively waived interest on loans for 47,000 current and former active-duty service members, a policy that was authorized under the Higher Education Act. This data match provides better information and .
  • Following up on the March 2021 borrower defense policy change, ED recently released a for the reversal and announced that it would not seek a replacement formula. Instead, ED would presumptively assume all borrowers are due full relief unless colleges, borrowers or an investigation present evidence to the contrary.

ED Announces Title IX Enforcement Update


  • ED will no longer enforce a Title IX provision recently struck down by a U.S. District Court judge as arbitrary and capricious. Previously, decision makers in sexual misconduct investigations were prohibited from considering evidence by those not participating in cross-examination at a live hearing.
  • , decision makers may consider evidence from all parties during an investigation.

Engagement and Resources

Now Open: 2022 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program: Osteopathic medical students may now apply to receive up to $120,000 in loan repayment assistance. Applications are due on November 4, 2021. .

Reminder: THCGME Program Funding Opportunity Due 9/21: HRSA released a funding opportunity to support primary care residency programs in rural and underserved communities. Applications are due September 21, 2021. .

NIH Grant Promotes Diversity in Research Education: Apply now for Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers grants, which encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue careers in research. Applications are due by November 18, 2021. .

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

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