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...]