2019 Burnett Student Researcher Grant Awarded to Franklin Hiffernan

October 26, 2019

The AOF Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Award is given annually to an osteopathic medical student for his or her outstanding accomplishments in and through osteopathic-oriented research. This year, the Foundation selected Franklin Saunders Hiffernan, OMS III, from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas, to receive this prestigious grant.

Student Doctor Hiffernan has conducted two research projects on wound healing and submitted a case study for publication on the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine for otalgia, and has presented his work at national and local events.

Student Doctor Hiffernan earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Nova Southeastern University, where he received a Presidential Scholarship, worked as a research assistant and graduated with honors. At VCOM Carolinas, he has given poster presentations at the school’s Research Days as well as at the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association’s 2019 Convention. He also regularly volunteers at a local health clinic to provide osteopathic care to people in medically underserved communities.

Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, VCOM Carolinas Dean, says that Student Doctor Hiffernan has “above-average experiences conducting basic science and clinical research as well as a breadth of life experiences that makes him unique in the VCOM Carolinas class of 2021…[he] is ambitious, perseverant, kind, down-to-earth, approachable, and a wonderful role model.”

Franklin Hiffernan, OMS III
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas