Liberty University Hosts Annual Breakfast Reception at Library of Congress
Christopher Breedlove, Director of Marketing
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Liberty University hosted its tri-annual breakfast reception in the Members Room at the Library of Congress Jefferson building that brought together U.S. policy makers as well as students and academic leaders from the University. The purpose of the gathering was to help foster further dialogue with the hope of maintaining a commitment that makes a positive impact on public policy and on higher education issues affecting the country. Former U.S Congressman Robert Hurt, dean of Liberty’s Helms School of Government, coordinated the event.
Liberty’s Dean Peter A. Bell, DO, from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) was in attendance. “As physicians, we all have an obligation to advocate for the best quality of health care at the lowest expense with access for all. The advocacy process starts with building relationships and educating stakeholders with the best evidence. It is a long and continuous process.”
Dr. Bell also said, “Graduated physicians have an estimated $200,000 plus in debt. As one of our goals at LUCOM, we want to help build a bridge between Graduate Medical Education programs and placement of physicians in underserved areas. Offering affordable options for repayment is critical for those physicians to be able to payback their loans. Establishing new residencies in underserved areas and making enticing loan repayment to practice in these underserved areas is key. LUCOM consistently partners with other professional schools from Liberty and seeks collaborative solutions to the challenges we face in health care – it is a privilege to visit the nation’s capital with our colleagues.”
Later that day, a symposium was held with Liberty University and Hampton University students that featured: Brian Colas (LU ’07), Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton; Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-2), Armed Services Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee; Shannon Bream (LU ’93), Anchor, Fox News at Night and Chief Legal Correspondent; and U.S Senator James Lankford (R-Okla), Finance Committee, Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, and Indian Affairs Committee.
Near the conclusion of the day, attendees received a tour of the U.S. Capitol, led by Dean Hurt.