Grants & Programs
The AOF/DOCARE International Medical Outreach Travel provides stipends to Osteopathic medical students who plan to travel to underserved, underdeveloped or disaster-stricken areas to provide medical services. The goal of this grant is to inspire and empower members of the Osteopathic profession to participate in humanitarian medical outreach trips.
This program is made possible through a bequest from Julian and Esther Rossnick in honor of Joni B. Rossnick, DO, as well as funds provided by DOCARE International. In 2023, AOF/DOCARE anticipates providing between 20-30 grant awards in the amount of $1,500 each.
To qualify, students must plan to travel to an underserved, underdeveloped, or disaster-stricken area on an international humanitarian medical outreach trip. Outreach trips must be overseen by a reputable institution or organization. Preference will be given to applicants with outreach trips that will be overseen by an onsite DO.
Applicants must be an Osteopathic medical student in good standing at a COCA-Accredited College/School of Osteopathic Medicine (COM/SOM), who has been selected by a licensed entity to participate in an international medical outreach trip to share knowledge and provide Osteopathic medical relief. A limited number of grants are available to resident Osteopathic physicians. Examples of medical relief may include:
- Providing Osteopathic medical services;
- Setting up or expanding healthcare facilities;
- Educating local healthcare workers on Osteopathic medicine best practices; and
- Building awareness and promoting Osteopathic principles and practice.