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Frequently Asked Questions

 


Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship FAQs

What is the purpose of the Fellowship?
How do Fellows use their health policy education?
Who can apply for the Fellowship?
Who has participated in the Fellowship?
How does the application process work?
How many seminars will I attend?
Is attendance mandatory?
What happens if I have an emergency and have to miss part – or all – of a session?
How much does the program cost?
How do I get a sponsor? 
Will I receive CME credit for participating in the Fellowship?
When will I receive details about upcoming sessions?
Who makes travel arrangements?
Who makes lodging arrangements?
What happens if I have to cancel a hotel reservation?
How much time am I expected to devote to Fellowship activities in between sessions?
When are writing assignments due?
Do I need any special software to create this brief?
Do I need to prepare a formal presentation and a PowerPoint each time I update Fellows about my research issue?
Will I make a formal presentation of a brief?
What other opportunities to present are open to Fellows?
Do I earn a certificate for my participation in the HPF?

 

What is the purpose of the Fellowship?

The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF) is a year-long leadership training program designed to help osteopathic physicians and other associated health professionals develop the skills they need to analyze, formulate, and implement health policy on the local, state, and national levels. The OHPF is primarily sponsored by AACOM. 

How do Fellows use their health policy education?

In short, most Fellows become leaders in their communities and states, though some do work nationally and internationally. Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts from which the profession can draw to staff committees and task forces at the federal and state levels, testify on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine and  education, and develop policy positions. Almost half of our alumni serve on the AOA House of Delegates and several serve on the AOA Board of Trustees.  In addition, many past fellows have become deans and other leaders at colleges of osteopathic medicine.  Many have served in leadership roles with state osteopathic organizations.

Who can apply for the Fellowship?

The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship program is designed for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians and other professionals with ties to the osteopathic profession who are preparing to play a role in health policy formation, development, and assessment.

Who has participated in the Fellowship?

More than 250 Fellows have participated since its inception in 1994. 

How does the application process work?

Fellows apply on-line here beginning in mid-January; applications close March 31.  Application review by the co-directors is conducted in an ongoing process during the submission period once all materials are received (application, personal statement, two reference letters, commitment statement from Dean or supervisor for non-COM applicants including an understanding of financial sponsorship). All efforts are made to assure the final class represents a cross section of backgrounds and geographic distribution. Fellows are notified of their acceptance by June 1.

How many seminars will I attend and are they mandatory?

Ten, including graduation. When you sign the agreement to participate in the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, you agree to attend all sessions. 

What happens if I have an emergency and have to miss part – or all – of a session?

If you have to miss a session, you will complete a makeup assignment that requires you to read and apply the information presented at the seminar (based on handouts, reading assignment, and group assignment). The make-up assignment requires approximately 18-20 hours to complete.

If a Fellow misses more than one session, the Fellow is asked to withdraw and repeat the Fellowship the following year, beginning with Orientation.  

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the sessions, including most meals during the meetings, are included in the program. Fellows and/or their sponsoring institutions are responsible for travel, accommodations, non-program meals, and other incidental costs. To promote the objectives of the Fellowship, participants are required to stay at the conference hotels during the sessions. In a typical year, these costs average approximately $1,250 per session, for a total commitment estimated at $12,500. The Fellowship Directors are committed to making the program costs as reasonable as possible.

How do I get a sponsor?

Sponsors include state osteopathic associations, specialty associations, COM schools, places of business, foundations, and hospitals. The OHPF will write letters of support encouraging potential sponsors to support your participation. Let the coordinator know whom to contact. While sponsorship is highly recommended, Fellows who choose to assume all costs of their own will be considered. 

Will I receive CME credit for participating in the Fellowship?

Yes. You will receive approximately 12-18 hours of category 2 B credit for your participation in each seminar. You will sign a verification form at each seminar, and the coordinator will submit the request for credit.

When will I receive details about upcoming sessions?

You will have the location and dates for all the seminars when you are accepted into the program. A month before each seminar, you will receive the reading assignment and information about lodging. Two weeks before the seminar you will receive the agenda, travel details (ground transportation, etc.) and hotel confirmation numbers. 

Who makes travel arrangements?

You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the seminars. Please note the time the seminars end (most end by 11:30 AM on the final day) and make return flights that will allow you to participate fully that last day of the seminar.

Who makes lodging arrangements?

The OHPF coordinator makes lodging arrangements for the Fellows. We require the group to stay at the same facility, and have found that doing so improves access, quality, and cost.

  • Fellows have access to each other and form strong friendships that persist beyond the end of the Fellowship year.
  • Quality of the program is maintained, as we leave the hotel together and arrive at the seminar on time.
  • Costs are reasonable; the OHPF is able to get the government rate and free meeting space.

What happens if I have to cancel a hotel reservation?

Your room reservation is held on the OHPF credit card. If you have to cancel, please call the OHPF coordinator as soon as possible and they will contact the hotel. The OHPF is glad to arrange lodging but cannot be held responsible for “no show” fees. This fee would need to be paid by the individual.

How much time am I expected to devote to Fellowship activities in between sessions?

Fellows spend approximately 20 hours on OHPF assignments in between sessions. The reading assignment is designed to take about ten hours. The bulk of your time is spent researching your policy brief topic and drafting your brief.

When are writing assignments due?

You will receive a syllabus that specifies interim and final due dates. The assignment is designed to take a large task and break it into manageable pieces. Briefs completed in increments and edited several times tend to be stronger products than those handed in at the last minute.

Do I need any special software to create this brief?

No special software is required as we use GoogleDocs for all writing assignments. You will need access to PowerPoint to prepare presentations given to your colleagues as part of the policy brief exercises.

One lesson from the pandemic, which will continue to be valuable as we enter a new era of collaborative, sometimes virtual work, is the need for quality audio and video equipment. We will encourage Fellows to examine the virtual communication setup they use for not only virtual meetings, but especially now as many alumni go on to do media work. We will work with each Fellow to develop a media-ready set up for use once Fellows have completed the program. This is not an expensive commitment, with quality setups costing less than $100.

What other opportunities to present are open to Fellows?
Fellows are encouraged to present their brief as either a seminar or poster session at OMED, AACOM Educating Leaders Annual Conference, ACOFP Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars, and similar national audiences. After graduation, the Co-Directors often contact alumni to be involved in the program in various ways. In the interest of building community and continuing to grow, the Co-Directors welcome opportunities for working with alumni in an ongoing way including the development and publication of professional and lay-media editorials, academic manuscripts, and other outlets of broader interest.

Do I earn a certificate for my participation in the HPF?

Yes, you will receive an AACOM certificate of graduation in June.