2018 AOF Prairie State Scholarship

October 8, 2018

The Prairie State Scholarship was established to annually recognize an exceptional osteopathic medical student who graduated from an Illinois high school. The AOF is delighted to name Amber Brown, OMS IV as the 2018 award recipient. 

Currently a fourth-year student at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), Student Doctor Brown previously earned a Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry from Loma Linda University. After graduation, she intends to pursue residency training in pediatrics.

Student Doctor Brown is deeply committed to the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine, particularly looking at the patients as whole, complete beings. “Patients are not personifications of class notes. They are individuals with stories, and I have the unique opportunity to become part of their stories as a listener, learner, and educator,” she says.  She was selected as an OMM fellow for her class; a role that includes teaching OMM courses and providing patient care in DMU’s OMM clinic.  She also serves as a teaching assistant in anatomy and cranial anatomy. 

Student Doctor Brown expresses her dedication to community service and commitment to raising awareness of osteopathic medicine by donating hours of OMM care to local residents, including Drake University athletes, the Amish community, and participants at local fun-runs. “Participation in these events have deepened my understanding of osteopathic philosophy and practice, improved my technical and practical skills in OMM, and further developed my abilities to effectively communicate with patients,” she says. 

In addition, Student Doctor Brown has held numerous leadership positions, including student representative on the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Board of Trustees as well as Chair and National President of the Student AAO Executive Council.

Katherine Heineman, DO, Chair of the OMM Department and Assistant Professor at DMU-COM, recommended Student Doctor Brown for this award, “Without reservation. I am certain that she will distinguish herself in years to come as an outstanding osteopathic pediatrician and will be an asset to her future patients and our osteopathic profession.”

Amber Brown, OMS IV