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The application cycle for the 2022-2023 OHPI Program is now closed. Please check back for future opportunities to apply. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022-2023 Osteopathic Health Policy Internship Program is being conducted virtually through online learning.


The Osteopathic Health Policy Internship (OHPI) Program enables osteopathic medical students to spend eight consecutive weeks working virtually with AACOM's Government Relations department. To the extent practical, every effort is made to identify the eight week period that best accommodates each student's schedule. The objective of this unique program is to allow selected student interns to strengthen AACOM GR’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts and develop knowledge of federal healthcare and higher education policy. Past interns have gone on to become healthcare policy leaders, such as Policy Committee Chair of the AOGME Residents and Fellows Council, and Vice-Chair of Health Policy at the Emergency Medicine Residents Association.

Who May Participate?

The program is open to current osteopathic medical students. Selected students (typically OMS-III or OMS-IV) must obtain approval from their colleges of osteopathic medicine to count this internship as an elective rotation and receive academic credit. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

OHPI Responsibilities

Shikha Patel, OMS IV, RowanSOM


  • Learn and participate in AACOM GR's legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.
  • Support AACOM Advocacy Day and Educating Leaders preparation.
  • Monitor ongoing public policy issues for AACOM.
  • Observe and engage with the GR strategy process.

Application Process

Kaitlyn Thomas

Your application will consist of the following:

  • a letter expressing your interest in the OHPI Program (one page maximum)
  • a position paper that includes: a summary of a current healthcare or higher education policy and its impact to osteopathic medical education; an argument on why the policy should change; and recommended steps (one page maximum) 
  • your curriculum vitae 
  • at least three letters of recommendation 

When selecting your topic, keep in mind current public policy issues of interest to AACOM (e.g., physician workforce, graduate medical education, health professions training, or student financial aid). Please browse AACOM's Public Policy Agenda and AACOM Advocacy Day for the most recent policy issues of interest to AACOM.
Letters of recommendation should come from individuals outside of AACOM who can attest to your qualifications, academic record, character, and advocacy background, such as your preceptors and professors. Letters from institutional leadership are encouraged. Letters of recommendation from current AACOM staff are welcome but will not count towards the minimum letter requirement. Letters may be submitted with the application packet. Alternatively, applicants may notify the OHPI Program contact that the recommenders will submit letters of recommendation separately.

All complete applications are reviewed by AACOM. Reviewers will look for applications that demonstrate strong writing ability, advocacy and leadership experience, policy knowledge and the capacity to assist GR staff in reaching AACOM policy goals. 

Please note: OHPI appointments are contingent on the successful completion of a background check. Background check release forms will be sent to the tentative appointees. The background check includes verification of Social Security number, county and multi-state criminal search, education and degree check, and a certification/credential check, if applicable. You may still withdraw your application without prejudice at this point if you do not wish to complete the background check process. Once background checks are successfully completed, OHPI appointments are officially announced.   

How to Apply

All application packets (letter of interest, position paper, CV, and at least three letters of recommendation) should be submitted electronically to Trey Hines, Government Relations Manager, at thines@aacom.org.



Trey Hines
Government Relations Manager