On Tuesday, October 3, Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA, dean of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM), was invited to speak with several lawmakers in an informal breakfast session hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) at the Library of Congress. The intent was to rally Representatives together and connect them with leaders of Liberty University (LU)’s Helms School of Government and School of Law, in an effort to highlight the university’s programs. Seizing the opportunity, Dr. Bell was able to connect and share news about LUCOM. “Most of the Representatives present were not aware that Liberty has an osteopathic medicinal school. As an advocate for the profession, I don’t shy away from presenting important topics that affect student-doctors and osteopathic physicians, such as graduate medical education, medical school indebtedness, and public service loan forgiveness programs,” said Dr. Bell. The little meet-and-greet was also a platform to request their consideration for support of H.R. 3394/S. 1754, the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017. “This bill is vitally important in continuing the expansion and training of strategically placed community physicians. Residents are more likely to stay in an underserved area with the most need as it will not only increase their medical expertise, but also, improve the quality of life of their patients,” he added.