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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 Fellowship is a year-long leadership training programs designed to give osteopathic physicians the skills they need to analyze, formulate, and implement health policy on the local, state, and national levels with the purpose of increasing access to affordable, quality health care.

How do Fellows use their health policy education?

In short, most Fellows become leaders in their communities and states.  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/ education, and develop policy positions.  Almost half of the Fellows serve on the AOA House of Delegates.  Several Fellows serve on the AOA Board of Trustees.  24 Fellows have become dean of a college of osteopathic medicine and three have served as president of a COM.  Many have served or are serving as president/vice president of their state osteopathic organizations. 

Who can apply for the Fellowship?

The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship program is designed for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and positions of influence in health policy and individuals with a professional connection to the osteopathic profession.

Who has participated in the Fellowship?

250 Fellows have participated since 1994. 

How does the application process work?

Fellows apply for the program in early April. Applications are available on-line and are due by mid-May. The process is competitive; applications are sent to reviewers, who review and score the applicants. An attempt is made to represent a variety of specialties and geographic areas. Fellows are notified of their acceptance by June 1. Orientation begins in mid-September.

How many seminars will I attend?

Ten, including graduation for the class preceding you, and the graduation for your class.

Is attendance mandatory?

Yes. 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, we’ll ask you to complete a makeup assignment that requires you to read and apply the information presented at the seminar (based on handouts, reading assignment, 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 program costs approximately $10,000. Each seminar costs around $1000 for travel and lodging, although costs will vary according to how far you travel and the city we visit. There is no tuition fee. The OHPF covers the cost of transportation from the hotel to the seminar site, and also provides breakfast and lunch.

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. 

Will I receive CME credit for participating in the Fellowship?

Yes. You’ll receive approximately 16 – 18 hours of category A and 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 have the location and dates for all the seminars when you are accepted into the program. A month before each seminar, you’ll receive the reading assignment and information about lodging. Two weeks before the seminar you’ll receive the agenda, travel details (ground transportation, etc) and hotel confirmation numbers. 

Who makes travel arrangements?

You will make your own travel arrangements to the seminars. Please note the time the seminars end (most end by 11:30 a.m. 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 encourage the group to stay together, 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.

Now and then Fellows will visit a city in which they have family and friends; in those cases they often choose to stay in a private home. Generally, for the above reasons, we have found it works best to keep the group together.

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 coordinator as soon as possible and she will contact the hotel. The OHPF is glad to arrange lodging, but can’t 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 2 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 due dates. The assignment is designed to take a large task and break it into manageable pieces. Briefs completed 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 needed, although EndNote, a reference/bibliography program that organizes citations is very helpful and highly recommended. EndNote costs $240 – but schools and universities make it available for much less, so if you are affiliated with a school, check with them.

Do I need to prepare a formal presentation and a PowerPoint each time I update Fellows about my research issue?

No. Monthly presentations are not formal – no handouts or PPTs. You will give a five minute oral summary of your research, and will receive feedback from faculty and Fellows. 

Will I make a formal presentation of a brief?

Yes. At graduation you will present your second brief. Presentation of your brief is a criteria for graduation.

What other opportunities to present are open to Fellows?
Fellows are encouraged to present their brief as a Osteopathic Health Policy Poster at the OMED Research Seminar Poster Session.

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

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