April 6, 2007
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Students and DOs connect with state lawmakers on DOME Day

The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association held its third DOs for Medical Excellence (DOME) Day on March 30, and more than 70 enthusiastic TCOM students boarded a bus to Austin at 4:30 in the morning for a first-hand opportunity to influence medical legislation and increase awareness of osteopathic medicine among our state lawmakers. At the Capitol they joined 54 osteopathic physicians and 12 Advocates for the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association from around the state.

DOME Day participants focused their messages to legislators on health care issues up for debate in the current legislative session. Their main talking points: the Health Science Center’s new Health Institutes of Texas, workman’s compensation insurance reform and the scope of practice for healthcare professionals. They made a special effort to get their messages to relevant committee members and to legislators from their local districts.

Monte Troutman, DO, chair and professor of internal medicine and vice president of TOMA, says DOME Day is all about teaching students the importance of getting involved with the legislative process. He’s attended all three DOME Days and says each year more people take part. UNT HSC Logo

 

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