Osteopathic medical students Shay Gibson (DO ’20) and Farrah Rink (DO ’19) shared
details of their visit to the nation’s capital.
“DO Day on the Hill was an amazing opportunity to meet our elected officials, discuss
osteopathic medicine and to advocate for specific legislation which affects the future
lives of physicians and students,” Gibson said. “I loved the opportunity to share
my own experience and to learn more about how politics are important in medicine.”
Gibson added that DO Day on the Hill started bright and early with remarks from AOA
President Dr. Mark Baker. Briefings about advocacy and issues followed, along with
a group conversation about the importance of osteopathic medicine. Picture-taking
ensued, along with visits to the offices of U.S. Senators David Perdue and Johnny
Isakson. Then four GA-PCOM students met with U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall.
Farrah Rink noted that the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) was one
of the main topics discussed with legislators.
“The HEA finances many osteopathic medical students’ education. Without programs such
as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS and the Federal
Perkins Loan programs, future physicians’ access to education could be in jeopardy,”
Rink said. “I have a personal stake in this discussion because without Grad PLUS loans,
I could not afford my education.”
Gibson said the students began by thanking legislators for voting to reauthorize the
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program which supports training
of future primary care physicians in underserved areas with increased residency spots
in many locations. She added the first issue addressed was the Good Samaritan Health
Professionals Act of 2017 which limits the liability of healthcare professionals who
volunteer to provide healthcare services in response to a disaster.
“A big part of having your voice heard is being consistent,” Rink said. “I encourage
everyone who attended to keep in contact with your legislators throughout the year.
It’s never too soon to be thinking about #DODay19!”
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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