Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) 2014-2015


The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program was created to provide a yearlong experience for osteopathic physicians in training (residents) to become familiar with health care issues as they relate to federal and state policies and to equip them with the skills to participate in policy discussions and committee work. Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts that may serve on committees and task forces at the federal and state levels, testify on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine/education, and develop policy positions.

The program is offered by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in collaboration with colleges in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM); the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); and the government affairs offices of AACOM, AOA, and the American Osteopathic Healthcare Association (AOHA).

TIPS is designed for second and third year (OGME2 and OGME3) osteopathic residents who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and positions of influence in health policy. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted for the class beginning in September 2014. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Participants will attend 4 intensive three-day seminars. The first seminar is an academic orientation scheduled for Washington, D.C. Seminars are rotated among osteopathic colleges and the Washington, D.C. area offices of the AOA, AOHA and AACOM. Between monthly seminars, participants are expected to devote a minimum of 20 hours to reading, research, and completing written assignments.


September 26-28, 2014: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY - Orientation
December 10-12, 2014: Washinton, DC
March 27-29, 2015: ATSU - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona - Mesa, AZ
June 12-14, 2015: Chicago, IL

Program participants will complete a variety of writing exercises culminating in a health policy issue paper. The purpose of the writing component of the curriculum is to enhance the participants’ ability to evaluate, articulate, and formulate concise and objective assessments of health policy issues. Program faculty and staff will provide research, writing and editing support throughout all aspects of the program.


The curriculum in health policy offers a broad range of analytic and communication tools applicable to health policy topics, including:

  • Professionalism: professional structure, specialty colleges, accreditation and licensure
  • Healthcare Costs: commercial insurance, Medicare/Medicaid
  • Quality: information technology, patient safety

In addition, guest seminar leaders from policy making agencies present an overview and history of policy issues in their fields and serve as resources for group assignments that form the basis of the interactive seminars throughout the year. Policy areas for the study of issues have included:

  • federal and state policy making
  • healthcare access, cost and quality
  • medical education
  • managed care
  • multicultural medicine
  • health economics
  • vulnerable populations
  • healthcare workforce

Participants will attend policy meetings in Washington, D.C., including workshops to develop strategies to influence policy.


A team of health policy experts plans and implements the curriculum each year. The following individuals serve in this capacity.

David Broder, D.O., FACP, FACOI
Hank Chaudhry, D.O. M.S., FACP, FACOI
Nancy Cooper, B.S.Ed.
Bette Coppola, M.Ed.
Martin Diamond, D.O., FACOFP
Bruce Dubin, D.O., J.D.
Howard Feinberg, D.O., FACOI
Norman Gevitz, Ph.D.
Joseph Kuchinski, D.O., AOCEP, FACOEP
Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, Ph.D.
Alfred Pheley, PhD
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP
Howard Teitelbaum, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D.


Application for 10 TIPS positions is competitive and open to individuals who will be OGME2 or higher at the start of the program. Sponsorship by an organization is encouraged and preferred (state society, residency program, OPTI, hospital, etc.).

A complete application with a personal statement is required along with three recommendations. (Recommendations from sponsoring organizations/institutions should be included.) A nationwide panel of health policy experts reviews all applications. Applicants will be evaluated on prior leadership experience as well as level of commitment. Reviewers will seek evidence that the applicant can successfully combine a rigorous course of study with residence commitments.


To remain in good standing and earn an AOA certificate in Training in Policy Studies, program participants must attend and participate in all scheduled seminars and complete all assignments. The health policy issue analysis brief developed in the program must be submitted to a panel of AOA policy experts for review by May 15, 2014.


Extensive in-kind contributions from the participating universities and the osteopathic associations’ offices are committed to the program. The facilities of the campus sites include library and information systems support as well as faculty and staff to work with the participants. The offices of the AOA, AOHA and AACOM are available for the Washington, D.C. sessions, and staffs from the offices arrange guest seminar leaders and Congressional visits.


Participants in the Training in Policy Studies program may earn academic credit for their studies through NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Graduate credits are awarded to participants who elect to apply for non-degree admission and pay a fee. These credit hours may also be transferable to graduate programs, subject to approval by each program.


Program staff select all hotel accommodations for participants at each seminar location. However, payment for travel, and room and board for seminars are the responsibility of the Fellow or sponsoring agency (average cost of $1,000 per seminar). The program provides continental breakfasts and lunches during the seminars.

All applications must be received by June 23, 2014. For additional information, please contact Bette Coppola at 516.686.3922 or email at