AOF Award Announcements

2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in OBGYN Award October 16, 2017 Like so many patients, it was back pain that first drew Bryan Sweeney, DO, to osteopathic medicine. He was referred to a DO and, after just a few sessions of OMT, his back pain was resolved.  "It was around this same time that I had decided to go to medical school.  When the time came to apply, the decision was an easy one." Dr. Sweeney is Chief Resident of the OB-GYN residency at Midwestern...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Emergency Medicine Award October 16, 2017 Kate Hughes, DO, names three important people who helped guide her towards a career in osteopathic medicine. "My mom and two older brothers are DOs, and were definitely role models as I decided that osteopathic principles aligned with how I wanted to practice medicine." So it's no surprise that this year's Outstanding Resident of the Year in Emergency Medicine has become a role model to many.   ...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Neurology/Psychiatry Award October 16, 2017 Monica Zaki, DO, exhibits many qualities of an exceptional resident. She is dedicated to her specialty, a leader within her program, and a capable, competent physician. But it's the compassion she shows her patients that sets her apart. Of her approach, she explains, "I want each person that I encounter to feel loved and cared for. I want to do my best, both for the people in my life and for my...
2017 William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship Winner October 12, 2017 Willie C. Gilbert Jr., OMS III, didn't plan to be a doctor. In fact, practicing medicine was "at best a dream," he says, due to his tumultuous early life. Yet these challenges helped shape him into a socially conscious advocate: "Unbeknownst to me, I was experiencing an adversity that would instill in me a passion to help other underprivileged families." The William G. Anderson, DO, Minority...
2017 Karen J. Nichols, DO, LEAD Scholar Award Winner October 12, 2017 Leadership wasn't Student Doctor Juan Querubin's first priority when he began osteopathic medical school. He ranked his wife and daughter in that position, then school, leaving little time for anything else. Once he became familiar with the rural community around Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), however, he found the need for outreach "near...
2017 Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Award Winner October 12, 2017 Research--new discoveries, advances in knowledge--is the key to the future of medicine. The curiosity-driven professionals who dedicate their careers to research can turn that vitally important key. Brian Joseph Di Giacinto, DO, is one of those.  He demonstrates keen insight, superior problem-solving and exceptional dedication to his projects.  The Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Award...

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