Administration and Federal Agencies
USDE Announces Plan to Revamp Office of Federal Student
Chief Operating Officer of the U.S.
Department of Education (USDE)'s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA),
A. Wayne Johnson, PhD, has announced plans to overhaul the office responsible for
managing federal financial aid programs. During his remarks at the Federal Student Aid Training Conference, Dr.
Johnson outlined a new approach designed to enhance customer service
and make the FSA Office more cost effective through the FSA's Next
Generation Financial Services Environment initiative. This spring, the
FSA will release its mobile app to enable students to submit the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid via their mobile phone, which will
then be integrated into StudentAid.gov in the fall of 2018. In
addition, the FSA intends to seek proposals next year to manage account
processing and servicing. AACOM will continue to work with the USDE to
ensure osteopathic medical students are well-served by these new
initiatives and provide additional updates as further information
New HRSA Funding Opportunities:
Training Primary Care Champions and Preventive Medicine Residency
The Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) has opened the
application process for two funding opportunities of interest to
osteopathic medical schools and their graduate medical education
The Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary
Care Champions supports the establishment of fellowship programs to
train community-based primary care physician champions who will lead
health care transformation and enhance teaching in primary care and
community-based settings. A technical assistance conference call will
be held for interested applicants on December 18 at 2:00 PM ET. Additionally,
the Preventive Medicine Residency Program works to
increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote
greater access to preventive medicine. To learn more about program
requirements, HRSA is hosting a technical assistance webinar at 3:00 PM
ET on December 12.
Interested applicants should note
that funding for these two opportunities is contingent upon congressional
appropriations, and the programs may be cancelled prior to award
recommendations. HRSA is receiving applications to ensure that the
award process can more forward in a timely
manner should funding for these programs become available.
Featured Federal Resources and COM
New FAQs for HRSA Award Recipients: HRSA’s
Office of Federal Assistance Management recently published an updated
set of commonly asked questions and answers for HRSA grantees. The
resource contains FAQs received by HRSA Grants Specialists and Program
Officers. Learn more.
Updated CMS Opioid Prescribing
Mapping Tool: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has
released an updated version of the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing
web-based, interactive mapping tool, which enables users to view opioid
prescribing across the country and compare practices at the state,
county, and zip code levels. Learn more.
Representative Ralph Norman Visits
Dean Kowalski, DO, (left) in the school’s Simulation Center with Rep.
Norman (right). Photo credit: JOHN BYRUM/Spartanburg Herald-Journal
On September 15, U.S.
Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) visited the Edward Via College of
Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) and Dean Timothy
“We were honored to have
Representative Norman visit the Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg,” said
Dean Kowalski. “He was extremely interested in learning about our
mission of producing young osteopathic physicians to care for those in
medically underserved areas of South Carolina and our country as a
whole. Moreover, Rep. Norman was attentive to learning about the need
for additional graduate medical education training positions in South Carolina
and elsewhere for our graduates, as well as the need for our students
to obtain interest rate relief on their student loans.”
Senator Tim Scott and Sec. of HUD
Ben Carson Visit Spartanburg, SC
Secretary Ben Carson (left) and Senator Tim Scott highlight
interventions that support holistic communities at VCOM-CC
On November 6, U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. Senator
Tim Scott (R-SC) toured the Northside of Spartanburg, home to VCOM-CC.
Since VCOM-CC was founded in Northside in 2011, this Spartanburg
neighborhood has become the focus of the Northside Initiative Project,
a series of public-private programs aimed at revitalizing the area from
In his speech, Dr. Carson
highlighted the importance of connecting the local effort with federal
dollars in the success of such massive, positive restructuring the
Northside is creating and of which VCOM-CC is proud to be a part. Since
taking over the department in March, Dr. Carson said he has been
working to expand the emphasis beyond "just getting people under a
roof" to broader human development. "That means holistic
communities,” he said, “such as the one being developed here."
OSU-CHS Hosts Addiction Summit to
Examine and Address Opioid Crisis
This November, the Oklahoma State
University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) held a summit regarding
addiction in rural Oklahoma to examine the scope of the opioid abuse
epidemic and potential solutions to the mounting problem. Top law
enforcement and policy leaders in Oklahoma attended the summit to
discuss barriers to treatment and public policy related to the
“Addiction strikes at the core of
Oklahoma families, severely impacting their health, finances, and
futures,” noted Kayse Shrum,
DO, President, OSU-CHS and Dean, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Most people fall into opioid abuse innocently after an injury or
disorder requiring pain management options. An alarming number of these
patients quickly move from therapeutic drug use to opioid abuse and
addiction. As an academic health center, OSU understands the leadership
role needed to better educate and equip health care providers and their
patients. Our goal for this summit is to spark the dialogue and
education needed to put rural Oklahoma on a course towards healing and
away from addiction.” Learn more.
AACOM and the Association of
Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators join forces to strengthen
the full OME continuum. Learn more.