AOF Stories

2017 Golden Ticket Scholarship October 18, 2017 The new "Golden Ticket" Scholarship Program recognizes exceptional osteopathic medical students while addressing the burden student loans place on coming generations of physicians. The five students being recognized tonight have demonstrated financial need and yet are in the top 25% of their class, have unmatched dedication to the osteopathic profession, and are committed volunteers in their...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year Award in Family Medicine October 16, 2017 Matthew Nelson, DO, has a deep commitment to addressing the health needs of underserved populations through community-based health programs, in part due to his experiences working with the Navajo Nation as an anthropology graduate student. "I had been looking at how cultures move through illness and wellness, and saw that becoming a physician could help me more directly serve the community....
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in OBGYN Award October 16, 2017 Like so many patients, it was back pain that first drew Bryan Sweeney, DO, to osteopathic medicine. He was referred to a DO and, after just a few sessions of OMT, his back pain was resolved.  "It was around this same time that I had decided to go to medical school.  When the time came to apply, the decision was an easy one." Dr. Sweeney is Chief Resident of the OB-GYN residency at Midwestern...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Emergency Medicine Award October 16, 2017 Kate Hughes, DO, names three important people who helped guide her towards a career in osteopathic medicine. "My mom and two older brothers are DOs, and were definitely role models as I decided that osteopathic principles aligned with how I wanted to practice medicine." So it's no surprise that this year's Outstanding Resident of the Year in Emergency Medicine has become a role model to many.   ...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Neurology/Psychiatry Award October 16, 2017 Monica Zaki, DO, exhibits many qualities of an exceptional resident. She is dedicated to her specialty, a leader within her program, and a capable, competent physician. But it's the compassion she shows her patients that sets her apart. Of her approach, she explains, "I want each person that I encounter to feel loved and cared for. I want to do my best, both for the people in my life and for my...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in OMM October 16, 2017 Saundra Holseth, DO, first experienced osteopathic manipulative medicine as a patient. A college athlete, she had an injury on the rugby field, and the on-call physician just happened to be a DO. It was this doctor's approach of manipulative and nonsurgical interventions that awakened her interest in osteopathic medicine. She went on to shadow a DO after college, and when she decided to pursue...

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