The American Osteopathic Foundation’s AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award honors an osteopathic medical student who is committed to the principles of osteopathic medicine and who has made great strides toward becoming one of our top student leaders. This year, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), in partnership with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), is delighted to announce Michael Paul Brisson, OMS IV, as the 2018 award recipient.
Student Doctor Brisson is currently in his fourth year at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn). He previously earned a Masters in Public Health at American Military University, and a PhD in Public Health from Walden University.
An active member of the Alabama Army National Guard, Student Doctor Brisson has held such roles as Aeromedical Evacuation Officer, MEDEVAC Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and Director of the Army’s flight surgeon course.
He credits his work experience for instilling a desire to pursue osteopathic primary care: “I’ve exclusively worked with primary care physicians my entire career. Recognizing the unmatched level of expertise and compassion that they bring to the National Guard and to the rural communities they serve, I have chosen to pursue a career in primary care medicine.”
Student Doctor Brisson is deeply committed to his Alabama community and credits VCOM-Auburn for helping to fill the critical need for physicians in rural and underserved areas. “Patients and their communities require committed physicians as well as strong leaders, and I am ready to meet that challenge,” he says.
Previous honors include the VCOM-Auburn’s Student Doctor of the Year Award; as well as the Army Commendation Medal and Paramedic of the Year for Enterprise, Alabama.
Jeremy Jason White DO, PhD, Chair of VCOM-Auburn’s department of emergency medicine, says that Student Doctor Brisson “is such a kind, humble, reserved individual who would never dare boast of these accolades. [He is] the kind of leader and representative that is nearly impossible to find or simply does not exist anymore amongst his cohort. You shall have no concerns with his ability to execute the highest ideals of the medical community and the profession.”