2019 Rocovich Research Grant Goes to Dermatology Resident

October 26, 2019

The AOF Rocovich Research Grant program, now in its second year, recognizes one osteopathic medical student, resident or physician each year whose work is advancing the profession by contributing to scholarly work through research on the biomechanical, biomedical, or clinical aspects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

The AOF is proud to name Rachel L. Giesey, DO, as the 2019 recipient of the AOF Rocovich Research Grant. In this year alone, Dr. Giesey has submitted six new publications to journals undergoing peer review and one that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Giesey’s major focus, which was submitted for recognition by this award, is the “DERMS DO 5” project. As the graduate medical education world transitions into a single GME accreditation system, DERMS DO 5 aims to protect and promote the role of osteopathic applications in the dermatology setting, particularly the role of the musculoskeletal system in disease as it relates to the integumentary system. It provides a consolidated set of guidelines and recommendations to optimize osteopathic principles and treatments for dermatologic-related complaints. Dr. Giesey presented the DERMS DO 5 project at both the American Academy of Dermatology and American Osteopathic College of Dermatology annual meetings this year.

Dr. Giesey graduated from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in 2018 and completed a traditional rotating internship at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals earlier this year. She is currently in a dermatology residency program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Jennifer Lloyd, DO, director of Dr. Giesey’s residency program, says “I eagerly await all of the accomplishments Dr. Giesey has in her bright future, and all of the ways she will keep osteopathy in dermatology alive…[she is] an excellent osteopathic physician with valuable contributions to offer osteopathic medicine as a researcher.”

Rachel L. Giesey, DO, Dermatology Resident
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center