The Rocovich Research fund was established by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in honor of VCOM’s founders John Rocovich, JD, and Sue Ellen Rocovich, DO, as well as for their strong support of osteopathic medicine and the advancement of knowledge through osteopathic research.
AOF’s Rocovich Research Award will be given annually to recognize an osteopathic medical student in good standing, resident, or physician who is advancing the profession by contributing to scholarly work through research and publication on the biomechanical, biomedical, or clinical aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
The $3,000 will be presented to one individual each year who has demonstrated their contribution to the science and knowledge of the biomechanical, biomedical, and clinical aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment through research and publication.
- AOF shall call for nominations to Deans of the osteopathic medical schools, the ED of AACOM, the Editor of the JAOA, the President of AAO, and the President of ACOFP.
- Nominated individuals must have:
- Contributed to the science and/or advancement of knowledge in neuro-musculoskeletal medicine, and/or osteopathic manipulative medicine through biomedical, biomechanical, and/or clinical research demonstrating the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment.
- The contribution must be demonstrated through both research and publication.
- Completed online application form
- Stage/Phase of Research
- Research Project Plan: The Applicant must propose a succinct project that clearly outlines the background, hypothesis(es), specific aims, and scientific approach that will be taken to address each specific aim. An impact statement should also be included that describes the importance of the research to the practice of osteopathic medicine.
- Title of Paper or Research Report
- Concept paper or published research
- Two letters of recommendation, including:
- Letter of Support from Lead Mentor (advisor): A signed Letter of Support must be submitted by the Lead Mentor, on institutional letterhead, describing their role in the research project, detailing their commitment to the applicant’s training, and their experience mentoring other students, residents, or junior faculty level researchers.
- Letter of Support of nominee’s choosing; however, a DO or PhD recommendation is strongly encouraged.
- Additional supporting documentation such as a letters of support/collaboration and cited publications
Note: Medical students will be asked to verify academic status by providing a letter of good standing.
The recipient will be recognized at AOF’s annual Honors Gala, the osteopathic profession’s largest and most prestigious event; a travel stipend up to $1,000 will be provided to help defray costs. In addition, the annual Rocovich Research Award Winner will be recognized in various AOF publications, on the website and through social media outlets.