When asked why Abby Sapp, DO is deserving of this award, Bradley S. Coolidge, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) said “I believe her personal journey through the program has helped her become the outstanding person she is and how her engagement in the process of learning to be a doctor has taught her how to be much more”. Other colleagues and mentors describe Dr. Sapp both personally and professionally with the same sentiments; intelligent, passionate, honest, understanding, and compassionate.
“Her passion for patient care is clear, and her desire to teach and help others better their understanding of human disease processes is exceptional and reflects her commitment to osteopathic principles,” says Rizwan Moinuddin, DO, Program Director at Franciscan St. James where Dr. Sapp is a third year resident.
Her medical knowledge and selflessness have earned her several awards and recognition in her medical career. Abby found her calling for leadership during her undergraduate studies at Elmhurst College where she served as team captain of her soccer team and as former President of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. She went on to MWU/CCOM to earn her DO degree where she received the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award and served as the Honor Society Vice President and worked with the student ambassadors mentor program. Her experience and passion for leadership has now led to her current position as chief resident of her program at Franciscan St. James Health, where she has also been recognized as Resident of the Quarter twice.
In addition to leadership skills, Dr. Sapp is known for having an intelligent and inquisitive mind. She has participated in several publications and abstracts that have been included in the ACOI Annual Conference and Scientific Sessions and at the American College of Gastroenterology Scientific Meeting. Her service to medicine goes beyond the clinic and is demonstrated through her volunteer work in a community setting. Abby has provided volunteer service hours at the Cook Country Trauma Symposium, the PADS Shelter Medical Clinic and Lutheran General Hospital.
During her tenure as chief resident she has fit the mold of someone who is communicative, knows how to manage time and thrives in a high-paced environment. She has also spent a considerable amount of time teaching interns and rotating medical students. Her clear priority is patient advocacy and is consistently demonstrated through her interactions with patients and their high regard of her as a physician.
It is with great pride that the AOF, along with the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) recognize Dr. Sapp as the Outstanding Resident of the Year in Internal Medicine.