AOF Stories

2014 Karen J. Nichols, DO LEAD Scholar Award October 20, 2014 Transformational leaders are always seeking a formula for challenging and inspiring others with a sense of purpose and excitement.  Alexis L. Cates, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at William Carey University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) exemplifies this approach in her interactions with others. Her leadership responsibilities have ranged from serving as a chairperson for...
2014 William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship October 20, 2014 Every student has a specific reason to enter the field of medicine.  For Kai Adia Turner, a third-year osteopathic medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), that reason was to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients, their immediate health concerns as well as their lives long-term. Student Doctor Turner matriculated to VCOM after completing her master’s in...
2014 Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award October 20, 2014 In research, the future of medicine is exciting: science fiction becomes real.  Exploring new discoveries is what drives Brooke A. Johnson, a third-year osteopathic medical student at the Bradenton Campus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM-Bradenton).
2014 McCaughan Heritage Scholarship October 20, 2014 The future of the osteopathic profession lies in the hands of osteopathic medical students who are committed to the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine.  One student who is genuinely passionate about promoting osteopathic medicine is Kathleen M. Vazzana, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM)....
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award October 15, 2014 Michael Italo Opipari, DO, considered by many as the father of Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTI), has spent more than four decades not only practicing and teaching osteopathic medicine, but pioneering systems and standards for osteopathic medical residents that will continue to influence generations of osteopathic physicians for years to come.   Serving for 20 years as the...
2014 Educator of the Year October 15, 2014 Establishing a new osteopathic medical school is no small undertaking, especially in rural, underserved areas.  But John M. Kauffman, J. DO, FACOI, FACP, founding dean and chief academic officer for Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was up to the task when opening the first medical school in North Carolina in more than 35 years and helping to develop the...

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