2016 Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award

September 17, 2016

In a small amount of time, Student Doctor Sethi has not only participated in leadership experiences, she has made change and used her talents for the betterment of the future of the osteopathic profession – the osteopathic medical students. “She is committed to her work through an innate voice and unshakable compass; she will multiply her talents by fostering the talent in others.  She is a true connector, catalyst and role model,” says Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, FAAPMR, Dean of the New York Institute of Technology- College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM).  

Quotes like this, are not few and far between as it pertains to the leadership experience and dedication of Louisa Sethi.  Her voice is not only heard on a local level at NYIT-COM where she is currently enrolled, it is on a national level through her experience and dedication in multiple positions within the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). 



A member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Omega Beta Iota and most recently named an Academic Medicine Scholar; Louisa strives to be an effective leader. “My experience has helped me to better communicate, listen and advocate which are all vital aspects of my osteopathic identity” says Sethi. “I take my responsibility to advocate for students and their interests seriously.  One day I will have the same duty to the patients I treat and to the profession to which I am so deeply committed.”



Student Doctor Sethi’s leadership experience blossomed in osteopathic medical school in her first and second-year within the Student Government Association at NYIT-COM. Beyond campus boundaries, Sethi has been actively involved in community outreach from promotion of mental health awareness to nutrition and safety as well as breast cancer and diabetes prevention. 



She is currently serving on the Council for Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) which is a national position. During her tenure with COSGP she has educated students about clinical rotations, licensure exams and trained them to become better leaders in both personal and clinical settings. Her national leadership experience is expansive with her positions on the AOA’s Bureau of Emerging Leaders and Council on Student Affairs. 



For her consistent leadership and dedication to the osteopathic profession, the American Osteopathic Foundation is pleased to award Louisa Sethi, OMS III with the 2016 Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award.

Louisa M. Sethi, OMS IV
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine