AOF Award Announcements

2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Surgery October 16, 2017 In a specialty particularly known for its rigorous training, Christopher Mussman, DO, stood out from the pack. "It is the unique combination of intelligence, skill and commitment that elevated Dr. Mussman above other surgical residents. In addition, his empathetic demeanor will provide comfort to his patients when they are most in need," says Matthew L. Martens, DO. Dr. Mussman earned his DO...
2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year Award in Family Medicine October 16, 2017 Matthew Nelson, DO, has a deep commitment to addressing the health needs of underserved populations through community-based health programs, in part due to his experiences working with the Navajo Nation as an anthropology graduate student. "I had been looking at how cultures move through illness and wellness, and saw that becoming a physician could help me more directly serve the community....
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...

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