Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) 2015-2016


The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program was created to provide a yearlong experience for osteopathic physicians in training (residents and fellows) to become familiar with health care issues as they relate to federal and state policies and to equip them with the skills necessary to meaningfully participate in policy discussions and committee work. Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts that may seek to 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 osteopathic medical colleges and the governmental affairs offices of the  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM); and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). .
TIPS is designed for osteopathic residents  and fellows who have successfully completed at least one (1) year of accredited graduate medical education and  are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and/or positions of influence in health policy. A  dozen osteopathic physicians in training will be accepted for the class beginning in September  2015. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Participants will attend  four intensive three-day seminars. The first seminar is an academic orientation while the other three seminars  are rotated among osteopathic colleges and the Washington, D.C. area offices of the AOA  and AACOM. Between monthly seminars, participants are expected to devote a minimum of 20 hours to reading, research, and  to complete one or more written assignments.
September  25 – 27, 2015: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY - Orientation
December  9 – 11, 2015: Washington, DC
March  11 – 13, 2016: TBD 
June 10 – 12, 2016: Chicago, IL
Program participants will complete a variety of writing exercises culminating in a health policy  project. 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 health policy project  will be evaluated  by a panel of AOA health policy experts during the final seminar of the program year.


The curriculum in health policy offers a broad range of analytic and communication tools applicable to health policy topics, including:
  • federal and state policy making
  • healthcare access, cost and quality
  • medical education
  • managed care
  • multicultural medicine
  • health economics
  • vulnerable populations
  • healthcare workforce
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.
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.
Humayun Chaudhry, D.O. M.S., FACP, FACOI
Norman Gevitz, Ph.D.
Alfred Pheley, Ph.D.
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP


Application for   TIPS positions is competitive and open to individuals who have successfully completed at least one year of accredited graduate medical education.  Sponsorship by an organization, state or national society, residency program, OPTI, hospital, etc.  is strongly encouraged.
A complete application with a personal statement is required along with three recommendations. (Any recommendations from sponsoring organizations/institution 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. 


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 and AACOM  have been available for the Washington, D.C. sessions, and staffs from the offices arrange guest seminar leaders.


Participants in the Training in Policy Studies program may be able to earn up to six (6)  academic credits for their studies through the 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 selects 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 $1,250 per seminar). The program provides continental breakfasts and lunches during the seminars.
All applications must be received by  July 27, 2015. For additional information, please contact Bette Coppola at 516.686.3922 or email