Advocacy on the Hill

Video: DOs take on Capitol Hill to rally Congressional support for GME

White coats as far as the eye could see marched through Capitol Hill for #DODay17.

Led by actors playing Benjamin Franklin and President Abraham Lincoln, osteopathic medical students and DOs marched to Capitol Hill in white coats on Wednesday for DO Day. The focus of the advocacy day this year was expansion and continuation of teaching health center graduate medical education.

“Without these programs, a lot of people would not have access to health care,” Janae Fry, OMS II says.

Charles Lopresto, OMS III, has participated in DO Day since his first year of medical school. He says it continues to spark his desire to advocate for osteopathic medicine.

“Each time I come back I learn more.” Lopresto says. “It inspires me to stay involved and understand my profession.”

Watch the full video above to learn more about the importance of teaching health centers for underserved communities and the osteopathic medical profession.

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