Some students have a specific purpose or goal that drives them into leadership roles. One such student is Darion L. Showell, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia), who has become a role model and mentor for other members of minority groups.
Student Doctor Showell has made a heartfelt investment in addressing health care disparities, including those related to minority populations and to those populations for whom poverty status is determined. At VCOM-Virginia, Student Doctor Showell was quickly recognized as a leader by his peers and in his second-year was elected as the first African American Student Government President. He was also VCOM-Virginia’s Council of Student Government Presidents representative to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and notably was elected to a national board position representing his peers.
Student Doctor Showell has been a strong advocate for osteopathic medicine. His numerous memberships in osteopathic organizations and representation at conferences exemplify his commitment to the profession. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Information Association Osteopathic Political Action Committee and a student voting member of the State of Virginia Delegation to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates. He is strongly involved in the AOA Council of Minority Health Issues and able to contribute effectively to the council’s efforts to promote cultural competency among physicians by drawing from his own personal experiences.
Despite his busy clinic schedule, Student Doctor Showell finds time to volunteer at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic and has participated in various outreach programs that demonstrate his dedication to providing care on an ongoing basis to those populations most in need.
It is with great pride that the American Osteopathic Foundation is awarding Darion L. Showell, OMS IV, with the “William G Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship.”