The AOF Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award recognizes outstanding osteopathic medical students whose Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Dedication are proven in the classroom and community.
The 2019 winner of this major award is Tony R. Li, a third-year student at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). In 2018, he became president of CUSOM’s then-inactive American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) chapter and was charged with reinvigorating the group. To accomplish this goal, he initiated one event per month and resulted in doubling membership during his tenure.
Of this experience, Student Doctor Li says “I knew if I was consistent and committed to my goal to have one event a month, then the club would only improve. Although my time as president has ended, I look forward to bringing everything I have learned to any future opportunities in my career.”
Notably, Student Doctor Li has a major leadership role in CUSOM’s volunteer Professionalism and Leadership in the Medical Setting (PaLMS) program. As the technical coordinator and facilitator for first-year students in the program, he helps lead small group discussions with students with a very positive, collaborative attitude.
Student Doctor Li is committed to helping his fellow medical students, working as a peer navigator to provide and mentorship to CUSOM students outside of academics. He also volunteers at CUSOM’s community health clinic and as a music tutor for area children. In addition, he has served as a student representative on the NCS-ACOFP Board of Governors.
Steven J. Halm, DO, CUSOM Assistant Dean for Simulation Medicine, says that Student Doctor Li “has shown himself to be completely dependable, an excellent resource for others, and a dedicated medical student leader.”