AOA Headquarters is hosting a meeting of the 2012 Health Policy Fellows today. The fellowship program is designed for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and positions of influence in health policy, and for individuals with a professional connection to the osteopathic profession. The New York Institute of Technology/ New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine coordinate this certificate program through collaboration with the AOA, AACOM and AACOM member colleges. This weekend’s meeting is one of nine three-day weekend seminars covering diverse topics, which the Fellows must complete, in addition to reading and writing assignments, to receive their certificates. I addressed the Fellows this morning to welcome them to Chicago and give an update on AOA advocacy and our policy development process.