ACOInformation March 2022

9 • American College of Osteopathic Internists

ACOI Info • March 2022

Importance of Osteopathic Research Funding Recognized by Congress

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) recently announced that its efforts to expand osteopathic research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were successful with the approval by Congress of the fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations package. The report language that accompanied passage of the 2022 spending bill included the following:

Osteopathic Medical Schools—The agreement recognizes that increased access to research funding for the osteopathic profession will significantly bolster NIH’s capacity to support robust recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, address health disparities in rural and medically- underserved populations, and advance research in primary care, prevention, and treatment. The agreement requests an update on the current status of NIH funding to colleges of osteopathic medicine and representation of doctors of osteopathic medicine on NIH National Advisory Councils and standing study sections in the fiscal year 2023 Congressional Justification.

Inclusion of this language in the report that accompanied the fiscal year 2022 spending package is a significant step towards the appropriate recognition of the critical role osteopathic medicine plays in the healthcare delivery system. O


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