The AOF is honored to unveil a new award for 2018: the Rocovich Research Award. Established by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in honor of its founders, John Rocovich, JD, and Sue Ellen Rocovich, DO, the award recognizes osteopathic medical students, residents or physicians who advance knowledge on the biomechanical, biomedical, or clinical aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The AOF is proud to honor Nicole Angelo, OMS IV, with the inaugural AOF Rocovich Research Award.
Currently a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM), Student Doctor Angelo is already a committed researcher. As an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, she was a research assistant on a study involving crash injuries. During her time at NYIT-COM, she has served as a student researcher on multiple projects.
In recognition of her work, Student Doctor Angelo was selected into NYIT-COM’s prestigious Academic Scholars Program, which prepares students for a career in academic medicine through research, teaching, and clinical experiences. She also won first place for her research at OMED 2017’s Student Poster Competition and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine’s 2017 Conference 2017.
The project that earned Student Doctor Angelo this award examined the effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on concussion subjects. In the randomized, controlled study, subjects received two OMT treatments over a one-week period to assess whether the treatments improved symptoms, balance and neurologic inflammation.
Sheldon C. Yao, DO, Chair & Associate professor at NYIT, says that Student Doctor Angelo is “one of the most hardworking and dedicated students” he knows who never hesitates to help, from training students to mentoring her peers. “She has never turned down any challenge and is always the first to volunteer her time to help others. Her dedication to forwarding osteopathic research has been exceptional.”