AACOM’s ED to MED is a national grassroots campaign which provides students, medical
educators and other advocates with a platform to advocate for graduate education policies
in the halls of Congress.
A third-year medical student, Rink has taken an active role in both student government
and government affairs. According to AACOM’s website, Rink serves as the First Year
Liaison on the National Board of Directors for the Omega Beta Iota Political Action
Honor Society, served as a member of AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government
President and is an ED to MED campus ambassador.
Rink advocated for policies impacting the future healthcare workforce and joined fellow
GA-PCOM students in bolstering the profile of graduate student debt issues during
AACOM’s 2017 COM Day on Capitol Hill.
“Student debt of some form affects us all and by using the amazing tools provided
by ED to MED, it makes it easy to stay informed and engaged with our legislators,”
Rink is the first in her family to attend college and medical school and has inspired
others to become more involved by sharing her story in an ED to MED blog post.
“Prior to med school, I hadn’t done any formal advocacy and it was shocking how much
people wanted to hear what I had to say,” Rink said. “The key to remember is that
you do have something to say and it’s worth saying. Social media is a great form of
advocacy and an easy way to share knowledge and bring attention to important issues.”
Pamela Murphy, AACOM Senior Vice President of Government Relations, said Rink has
been a consistently outspoken ED to MED advocate and illustrates how individuals can
make a difference by turning advocacy into action.
“As a campus ambassador, she elevates her voice on social media, speaking up strongly
on behalf of her fellow osteopathic medical students. In addition, her advocacy efforts
inspired her colleagues to become more engaged,” Murphy added.
Rink expressed her gratitude to AACOM, GA-PCOM, the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association,
her mentors, friends and family for the honor.
“This wouldn’t be possible without their support,” she said.
“I was so humbled and honored to receive this honor,” Rink added. “I encourage all students to figure out what you love, reflect on what can be improved
on and go with it. The key to making an impact is being consistent over time.”
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, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
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/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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