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DO Day 2019: Roughly 1,000 DOs and medical students meet with DC lawmakers

DOs and med students urge Congress to support direct primary care and reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

DOs and osteopathic medical students from across the country converged in the nation’s capital Tuesday for the AOA’s DO Day on Capitol Hill. They urged members of Congress to support direct primary care and reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

“These are both bipartisan measures and I think lawmakers see that they’re important for patients and for our future patients,” said attendee Brad Skene, OMS II, of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, who had meetings with the offices of five Florida legislators.

Other student attendees were also excited to advocate for direct primary care.

“Direct primary care is tremendously beneficial to patients with chronic diseases who have to make a lot of doctor’s visits,” said Sam Berding, OMS I, of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia.

Students and DOs also educated lawmakers about the osteopathic approach to patient care and shared snapshots of their time in DC on social media. Here’s a sampling:

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