Student Doctors at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, alongside Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth, ICOM President; Dr. Kevin Wilson, ICOM Interim Dean; and Dr. Thomas Moorman, Associate Dean of Student Services, connected with Idaho legislators during “ICOM Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, March 7.
Organized by ICOM’s Chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the group spoke with lawmakers about osteopathic medicine, graduate medical education, health care issues and more.
Student Doctor Jett Murray, President of ICOM SOMA, said this important day of advocacy provided participants with a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s legislative process, as well as a platform to discuss important topics with local legislators.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for us to educate lawmakers about osteopathic medicine and advocate for improvements in healthcare and medical education at the state level,” said Student Doctor Murray. “During our visit, we focused our advocacy efforts on encouraging Idaho to continue expanding GME funding, creating more residency positions in Idaho, and lobbying to end the residency stigmas against osteopathic physicians.”
After mingling with legislators on the first floor of the rotunda, the group visited the Governor’s Ceremonial Office, where they had an opportunity to speak with Gov. Brad Little. Afterward, the future physicians visited the Senate and House Galleries, followed by a tour of the statehouse.