2017 Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award Winner

October 12, 2017

Leadership wasn't Student Doctor Juan Querubin's first priority when he began osteopathic medical school. He ranked his wife and daughter in that position, then school, leaving little time for anything else. Once he became familiar with the rural community around Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), however, he found the need for outreach "near impossible to ignore." 

The Karen J. Nichols, DO LEAD Scholar Award recognizes an osteopathic medical student whose Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Dedication are proven in the classroom and community. Querubin has demonstrated an abundance of each. As nominator Al Gilbert V Galindez, MD, says, "his outstanding academic achievement, leadership and personal character [have been] attained through hard work, forward-thinking and most of all a good heart."

Student Doctor Querubin doesn't aim for national leadership titles, instead focusing on local needs. As he says, "At LMU-DCOM I’ve been fortunate to take advantage of every opportunity made available to me, and was able to create opportunities to develop my skills alongside the well-being of my community."  

As founder of a local CPR Initiative, he donated hundreds of kits to teach CPR to 1,500 students in 10 high schools in 3 states each year. He has organized diverse community events, from "walks with a doc" to blood drives and community health fairs. His community work includes over 450 volunteer hours throughout his first 3 years in medical school. "Working in this underserved community helped me realize that even as a medical student, studying 12 hours a day, you can still make a difference," he says.

Querubin started his career as an EMT, and says he discovered osteopathic medicine when he noticed a DO in his hospital spending more time with patients. LMU-DCOM's family-friendly atmosphere and the osteopathic philosophy’s fit with his career goals ultimately led him to choose osteopathic medicine. 

He has served on LMU-DCOM's Honors & Ethics Committee as well as its SOMA chapter's Preventive Medicine Chair. He served on the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) national student council and in a Tennessee hospital group's Palliative Care Model Development Committee to develop advanced care planning education being adopted statewide He also led political advocacy efforts regionally to protect access to health care. "By focusing on the needs of his community and leading outreach, Student Doctor Querubin has changed the future for countless patients," says AOF Executive Director Stephen Downey.

Student Doctor Querubin earned a BS from the University of Minnesota and is in the MBA program at Lincoln Memorial University School of Business concurrent to his enrollment at LMU-DCOM. Prior awards include AACOM's 2016 Platinum TOUCH Award, APTR Paul Ambrose Scholar, and LMU-DCOM's OMS-I Student Doctor of the Year. 

For his inspirational leadership and dedication to the serving the needs of his community, the American Osteopathic Foundation is pleased to award Juan R. Querubin, OMS III with the 2017 Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award.

Juan Rizal Querubin, LMU-DCOM