The AOA’s “DO Day on Capitol Hill” provided opportunities for PCOM Georgia medical students to meet with legislators.
More than 30 PCOM Georgia doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students joined about 1,000 physicians and medical students from across the country for DO Day on Capitol Hill from March 4-5, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The event provided opportunities for students to connect with legislators and potentially make a difference in healthcare policies.
First year medical student Hayley Arrowood (DO ’22) described her experience. “DO Day was a unique opportunity for us as future healthcare professionals to engage with our representatives about policy issues that affect us as constituents and as members of the osteopathic community. I found it to be especially important to represent PCOM Georgia as someone who was born and raised in Gwinnett County.”
Sam Berding (DO ’22) met with US Representative Jody Hice from the 10th congressional district, and discussed aspects of being a DO, as well as the importance of using health savings account funds for direct primary care, in addition to the reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education funding. He said, “DO Day was an incredible experience getting to learn about advocacy and policy.”
Before their visits to the hill, the students were prepared for the days’ events at a breakfast briefing. Their appointment schedules were set by the American Osteopathic Association public policy staff members.
“Attending DO Day made me realize there are so many things I have limited knowledge on,” said Nancy Jhanji (DO ’22). “Speaking to my state legislators, especially Rob Woodall, was my first opportunity to learn and advocate on matters that will impact me and my future patients.”
Arrowood concluded, “Overall it was a fantastic learning experience that hopefully made a lasting impact.”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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