The AOA's Grassroots Osteopathic Advocacy Link (GOAL) program is pleased to announce a new advocacy initiative for osteopathic medical students interested in advocating for the future of their profession – DO Day To Go.
Through the years, the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) have been tremendously supportive of DO Day on Capitol Hill. However, we realize that family, finances and academic constraints can prevent all interested students from coming to Washington, D.C. to participate. Additionally, as with academics, advocacy is a year-round initiative.
To ensure that all osteopathic medical students have the opportunity to learn about advocacy and develop the necessary skills to play an active part in influencing health care policy, DO Day To Go will allow each COM to develop a program using a customizable, out-of-the-box advocacy education program. Included in the DO Day To Go program is a short video on why advocacy is important to the osteopathic profession, an educational video focused on the importance of being politically active, how to get involved, and how to develop a relationship with elected officials, in addition to a Fast Facts document about the osteopathic profession. As we approach the date for DO Day on Capitol Hill, GOAL will disseminate additional elements of the program, including current issue briefs and "take action" activities.
While DO Day To Go will not replace the experience of being at DO Day on Capitol Hill, it will allow more osteopathic medical students to get and stay involved in advocating for their profession.