The TIPS program provides resident physicians with specialized instruction on navigating policy issues that impact patient care and well-being.
The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program is a policy-based program that provides an understanding of current health care policy issues while also providing leadership opportunities.
Sessions will focus on physician payment models, health care reform, the Higher Education Act reauthorization, the opioid epidemic and current public health issues. Participants will gain experience in writing policy briefs and white papers, oral testimony, media training, and more.
This program serves as an initial leadership and policy program for residents wishing to become more active within the osteopathic profession. TIPS fellows have gone on to participate in the Health Policy Fellowship program, which has produced over 20 deans and college of osteopathic medicine presidents.
The 2019-2020 application cycle is open. Resident physicians may apply to the TIPS program by completing the online application by 9 a.m. EST July 29, 2019. A completed application will include:
Decisions will be issued by mid-August, and the first meeting will take place at OMED between Oct. 25-28. While not necessary during the application process, selected candidates must become AOA members at the resident level by Oct. 25 in order to participate.
TIPS fellows can head to the TIPS program resources page for tools to help you complete your assignments. See the past year’s agenda for more information about the program. Note that dates for the 2019-2020 program will change. The final 2019-2020 agenda will be posted soon.
The fellowship is a year-long leadership training program designed to give osteopathic physicians the skills they need to analyze, formulate and implement health policy on the local, state and national levels with the purpose of increasing access to affordable, quality health care.
This program is open to all osteopathic physicians who have completed one year of postgraduate training and remain in an active AOA- or ACGME-accredited training program. We are seeking a class of 10 fellows.
Fellows will attend four in-person seminars, including the orientation session at OMED and your class graduation. Fellows also will participate in three video conferences. See the past year’s agenda for more information about the program.
Yes. A fellow who is accepted into the program is expected to attend all four in-person sessions, complete all assignments by the deadline, and participate in at least two out of the three digital meetings.
The program is fully funded, and there is no tuition cost for the program. As part of the program, fellows will have transportation and one night of lodging covered to attend the 2019 and 2020 OMED conferences, LEAD Conference, and DO Day on Capitol Hill. The AOA will cover costs related to travel for the in-person meetings in accordance to its travel policy.
No, there will be no academic credit or CME credit received for completion of the TIPS program.
You will make your own travel arrangements to the seminars, and the AOA will cover travel costs associated with in-person meetings per its travel policy. Please note the time the seminars end and make return flights that will allow you to participate fully that last day of the seminar.
Fellows spend approximately 20 hours on TIPS assignments in-between sessions. The reading assignment is designed to take about four hours. The bulk of your time is spent researching your project report topic and drafting your project report.
Yes. The fellows will be invited to present at an AOA Bureau meeting or conference.
Yes, you will receive an AOA certificate of completion at graduation.