Leadership Series

Presented by: Frank Cusimano, AZCOM, Louisa Sethi, NYITCOM and Tim Lemaire, COSGP National First Vice Chair

Written by: Jordan F. Geroski, OU-HCOM

Congratulations, you are on your way to becoming an Osteopathic physician!  In that role you will have the unique ability to save lives and work with others to improve their own on the path to finding health.  Along with this great privilege and responsibility comes the inevitability that others will look to you as a leader.  We all have attributes of leadership within us, whether we choose to exercise them routinely or not.  To help unlock this full potential, members of the Leadership Committee put together a series of presentations on effective leadership and communication.  The first part of the series focused on knowing oneself, communication, and finding opportunities to lead and grow in the most unlikely of places.

Be Engaged

  • You can always learn something new!
  • Teaching other is the best way to learn
  • Being a leader sometimes requires you to step outside of your comfort zone, especially when facing new challenges.
  • We all have four sides of our personality and how we see ourselves
    • Known self – the self we know and actively share with others
    • Hidden self – the self which we keep hidden from others
    • Blind self – the self which other people see. This self is not always evident to us but is rather the way in which we come across to others.
    • Unknown self – this self is yet to be seen. It encompasses the self we are currently shaping and will become.
  • “What got you where you are today, won’t get you where you want to be tomorrow.” Remember to take time to check-in with yourself and be present in what you are doing.

Persuasive Communication & Getting Your Message Across

  • Winning over difficult crowds
    • Know your audience and understand their goals and desires
    • What is your intended message? Explain why you message matters to that particular audience
    • Find common ground
    • Set expectations
    • Expect resistance
      • Acknowledge opposing points of view
      • Anticipate and prepare for questions
    • Making your message powerful
      • Have a clear message
      • Be prepared and know your topic inside and out
      • Be truthful
      • Be passionate about your message and believe in it
      • Have confidence
      • Practice and prepare ahead of time
      • Keep it simple and lose the jargon
      • Engage your audience
        • Ask for input
        • Make your audience care about your message and what you have to say
        • End powerfully

Leadership Lessons in Unlikely Places

  • Lead intentionally! Have a goal, a strategy to get there, and the tools you will need in order to be successful.
  • Have the ability to see the possibility in things that others may see as trash
  • “We” will always be greater than “I”
  • As a leader, you need to recognize people that have the spark of hope in them. Encourage them and help them reach their potential as well.

Physician Leaders

Presented by: Robert Hasty, D.O.

Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs at Campbell University

Written by: Amarpreet Everest, Touro-Ca

Whether or not we aspire to be, we will be leaders one day as physicians. We will be tasked with guiding our patients through their health. We will work with other health professionals, secretaries, hospital administration, insurance companies, and more to provide the best care possible. To make greater changes, we must assume leadership roles. It is up to us to shape our field.

Dr. Robert Hasty D.O. gave an excellent presentation about leadership and why it is important to our students. A study in the Iza Discussion Paper found a “strong positive association between the ranked quality of a hospital and whether the CEO is a physician (p<0.001).”  Doctors make great leaders because we can keep our patients’ lives in perspective when making administrative decisions. We are not removed from the patients, rather we can make decisions based on all the factors.

Not everyone will be hospital CEOs, however, but we can all find ways to lead. The osteopathic profession stresses serving those in need, so organizing food drives and promoting mental for example are excellent ways to lead and affect change. As Dr. Hasty said, we must practice “servant leadership.” We work to serve our patients, communities, and humanity. To be a great leader we need to listen to what problems people face and make them our problems, striving to correct them. Change and leadership starts at grassroots so it is important to engage those around us and work to build our community. If we are posting informative news articles to Facebook and getting no response, we are not being effective leaders. As leaders we need to show people why our information is important and how we can work together to affect change. Thus by engaging with our community and working to make it stronger, we can be effective leaders.

As of January 2015, if you google “great leaders,” you will find presidents, civil rights leaders, businessmen, and the occasional actor. Physicians are conspicuously missing from the list, and that is within our power to change. Join leadership at your schools, create projects in the community, get involved. We are all responsible to be the best doctors possible and leadership allows us to make a larger impact.

What Would You Like for Dinner?

Speaker: Gabrielle Rozenburg, COSGP National Legislative Affairs Representative

Written by: Amarpreet Everest, Touro-Ca

Imagine going to dinner with a companion who loves to order for you.  Sometimes you dislike the food he orders and sometimes he gets it exactly right. One day you end up in the hospital because he ordered a dish with peanuts and you had your usual throat constricting reaction to this ingredient. This scenario is an example of how politics can work. We are experts of our own field and we can provide critical information to shape policy. But if we don’t speak up, we may very well be an accomplice to an avoidable disaster.  Policy molds our institutions, which is a great place to make a large impact. We need to speak up and make our concerns heard!

Student doctor Gabrielle Rozenburg outlined many ways for students to be involved. We can get involved in our local governments, state societies and national societies.  We can attend our state society conferences. We can attend D.O. Day on the Hill in Washington D.C. or at our own state capital steps.

Another way students can be highly involved is to apply to the Health Policy Intern Program. The deadline to apply for the 2016 cycle is February 23, 2015, and housing and stipend are provided. Students spend two months on the hill meeting with national agency policymakers, attending policy meetings, and completing a health policy paper. This program is a great way to get involved.

We can also team up with our MD student counterparts to improve healthcare. Many DOs are part of the leadership of the American Medical Association (AMA), which is similar to our AOA. By working with MD’s, we can combine our voices and advocacy power to promote health in our community.

AACOM recognizes student involvement and awards an annual Student Advocate of the Year. Be that student who is involved and recognized for your advocacy.

Whatever way you choose to, GET INVOLVED! Order your own dinner! Policy starts from the grassroots of you and me.

7 Reasons to Attend DO Day on Capitol Hill.

  1. Reasons to Attend DO Day on Capitol Hill.


As medical students we get so wrapped up in our own heads that we forget to look around. The world is turning and the wheels of government grind away at the problems of our day. Policy is being made that not only affects your current course of education (student loan funding) but also your future career (loan repayment, Graduate medical education, Medicare reimbursement) Its time you made your voice heard.

Here’s how you sign up!



  1. Because you’re kind of a big deal

Big deal

You are a future doctor. That means you will be put in positions of leadership and people will ask your opinion and expect you to be the expert. We all did tons of research to learn about how to be successful applicants to medical school, how much more time then should we spend preparing ourselves for our careers? The elected officials need to hear from you, they don’t know the reality of your story and they certainly wont find out if you don’t tell them. If you don’t speak up the only other voice they’ll hear is that of dollars and cents. If they don’t see the people behind the student loans they are financing they might stop financing them. Its been proposed before. They need to hear your story.



  1. You are either at the table or on the table:

roast pig

This is the least gross picture I could find of a roast pig about to be eaten and if we don’t speak up the savory flesh of our beloved profession will be picked apart and patient care will be lost along the way. The elected officials need to hear from you, they don’t know the reality of your story and what drives you to pursue the most grueling, time intensive education in America and they certainly wont find out if you don’t tell them. If you don’t speak up the only other voice they’ll hear is dollars and cents. If they don’t see the people behind the student loans they are financing they might stop financing them. Its been proposed before. They need to hear your story.


  1. Your future self will thank you:

Building structure in Lisbon's Nations park train station

We sit here behind our copies of FirstAid stressing about a test when in reality we should be planning our next move. The world is a big place full of opportunity for those who know what they want. The government may not be able to give you what you want but they sure can stop you from getting it. Its time for us to influence the change we want to see.


  1. Your current self will thank you:


Joining over 1000 fellow medical students in a common goal to impress upon our nations leaders the message of a profession is powerful. Its invigorating to see your classmates a colleagues descend on the lawmakers with a united voice, and you can be sure that as the largest single day lobbying contingent, we do not go unnoticed.



  1. Your CV will thank you:


Lets be honest, we all want to bolster that CV with meaningful events about which we can speak at residency interviews. What better event than one that shapes the course of an entire profession effecting both students, doctors and patients. I have not met a student who attended this event and didn’t have an amazing story to tell about the impact they made.


  1. Its super fun!


Anytime you get over 1000 medical students together the possibilities for fun are boundless. You will make new friends and forge relationships that will prove valuable in the future. With the added benefit of social media you never have to lose contact with your new partners in advocacy plus, you never know when you might need a place to crash during an away rotation.


  1. Your school and clubs probably want to give you money to attend! 


Did you ask your school for money to attend? Have you coordinated with other students? Have you asked your SGA or SOMA chapter for funds? My first year I went to DC for 4 days and it cost me $100. By cobbling together funds and sharing sleeping arrangements you can travel on the cheap.


Here’s how you sign up!


Then get smart about the issues here.



The NOSC Triumphant

Dear reader, the following tongue in cheek-yet extremely informative- article is brought to you by Jarrad Morgan, OMSIII,  COSGP National Parliamentarian; Gabrielle Rozenberg, OMSIII, COSGP Legislative Representative; & the letter Q

Gather around to listen and allow us to regale you with tales of how AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) confronted and vanquished its enemies through the formation of a ferocious NOSC (National Osteopathic Student Caucus) this past July. The purpose of a NOSC is to formulate the official student position on resolutions that will be presented to the AOA House of Delegates (HOD), which in turn sets the policies for our profession. Led by a charismatic barrister wielding a mighty hammer, the courageous participants engaged in many battles for the future of medical education in the United States.

In an effort to present a unified front and face down its fiendishly formidable foes, the members of the NOSC passed several resolutions by unanimous consent (a parliamentary tool used when only a madman might object to passage of the motion). With this cunning maneuver, the NOSC passed H-201 (increase graduate medical education [GME] opportunities), H-205 (GME preference for U.S. graduates), H-304 (prohibit discrimination against osteopathic students), and H-345 (train students to use electronic medical records).

Henceforth, in an effort to ease reference, we will review this epic confrontation in numerical order. We recommend that you get a tall glass of water before reading further because things are going to get a little dry.

H-200 sought to help address the health shortage in rural America. To this end, H-200 encourages the development of teaching centers in rural Federally Qualified Health Centers. The hope is that by training residents in rural areas, they will be more likely to remain in these areas after their training is complete. The NOSC approved this resolution, which was also approved at HOD. [Read more...]

Single Accreditation Moves Forward

Earlier today, the AOA House of Delegates discussed resolution H-800: Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System. The special reference committee on Single GME Accreditation System recommended that the resolution be approved as amended. After months of research and debate, the resolution and amendments were discussed by the house for just under an hour before it was called to question and subsequently approved.

Members of COSGP worked with leaders from SOMA to help craft resolution H-808. Parts of this resolution were folded into resolution H-800 to reflect osteopathic student support of single accreditation. We at COSGP would like to thank the members of the AOA Board of Trustees for all of their hard work on H-800.

This is a historic moment for our profession. From here we look towards our future, trusting the AOA leaders during this time of transition to make the necessary decisions to protect and expand GME for osteopathic students.


THE COSGP Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee had a very successful meeting with COSGP at AZCOM.  Resolutions that were discussed included: “Joint Match Task Force”, “COSGP and AACOM Joint Advocacy Initiative”, “Paying for Elective Rotations”, and “Rotation Assignment Completion Agreement”.

Additionally, we have started the process of developing a Strategic Plan for COSGP, which we will work with the Leadership Committee to further develop for our April AACOM meeting in Washington, D.C.



THE COSGP Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee had a successful meeting at the Winter COSGP Conference at AZCOM.  Resolutions that were discussed and voted on include:

-Joint Match Task Force

-COSGP and AACOM Joint Advocacy Initiative-Paying for Elective Rotations

-Rotation Assignment Completion Commitment

New issues to be further looked into include student representation at COCA, and COSGP’s activity at the AOA House of Delegates.

Additionally we have started the process of forming a long range Strategic Plan for COSGP.  Working with the Leadership Committee we hope to have a daft to present to the council at the Spring COSGP meeting in April in Washington, D.C.



Committee Chair- Simon Fraser (OUHCOM), COSGP National Parliamentarian

Co-chair- Douglas Anderson (PCOM), COSGP Legislative Affairs Representative

Members: Kanad Mukherjee (Rowan), Eric Goldwaser (Rowan), Leila Hamzi (VCOM-CC), Hina Siddiqui (VCOM-CC), Joshua Roach (RVUCOM), Tyler Runde (RVUCOM), Andrew Shelton (LMU-DCOM), May Sheikh (LMU-DCOM)

Guests: Matthew Palilonis (LECOM)

Less than Two Weeks Remain to Register for DO Day!

Don’t forget to register for DO Day on Capitol Hill on March 6, 2014! DO Day on Capitol Hill is the premier osteopathic advocacy event that gives DOs and osteopathic medical students the opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and discuss issues important to the osteopathic profession.

Registration will close January 24, 2014, register early to ensure that you’ll have a chance to take part in DO Day on Capitol Hill 2014 and meet with your Members of Congress!

Talk to your student government leaders about organized travel and accommodations to this great event.
Register Now!

COSGP and AACOM Joint Advocacy Initiative

This resolution was discussed and approved by the COSGP General Council on Friday January 17, 2014, cialis online rx at AZCOM.

This resolution cialis online samples reaffirms our commitment as an organization to political advocacy and encourages collaboration with AACOM Government Relations in lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.

COSGP and AACOM Joint Advocacy Initiative