Rallying for change

Video: Medical students advocate for debt relief

During DO Day this week, medical students told their lawmakers that overwhelming student debt leads to fewer primary care physicians.


This year for DO Day, white-coated medical students and DOs convened on Capitol Hill to educate Congress about the debt burden today’s medical students face and advocate for meaningful policy changes that could lead to a boost in primary care physicians in years to come.

“There’s really a physician shortage in primary care, and student loans are keeping us from entering those spots,” said Justin Penny, OMS III, who attends the Kansas City (Missouri) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Penny met with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Here’s what Penny and other osteopathic medical students had to say about their Congressional meetings on #DODay2016:

During DO Day on Capitol Hill this week, nearly 1,100 DOs and students met with their lawmakers. They told them that overwhelming student debt leads to fewer primary care physicians.

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One comment

  1. John

    It’s inspiring to see medical students advocating for student debt relief. The burden of student loans can be particularly overwhelming for those pursuing careers in healthcare. These passionate individuals are not only advocating for their own financial well-being but also for the future of healthcare accessibility. It’s crucial for policymakers to recognize the importance of investing in the education and financial stability of future healthcare professionals. Let’s continue to support and amplify their voices as they work towards a more equitable and sustainable system. Together, we can create positive change in the healthcare field.

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