The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is pleased to announce the election of Jeffrey J. Edwards, OMS II as the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) student representative to the Board of Directors, serving one, two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

Edwards is a second-year Osteopathic medical student on the Physician-Scientist Track at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) located in Parker, CO. Before enrolling in RVUCOM-CO, he obtained Bachelors’ Degrees in Microbiology and Psychology in 2017 and 2012 respectively from Texas State University.

In addition to serving as a Research Committee Member and National Liaison Officer for the RVUCOM-CO chapter of SOMA, Student Doctor Edwards is actively pursuing timely and important COVID-19 research, focusing on the consequence of delayed care in myocardial infarction/cerebrovascular accident patients.

“Mr. Edwards is an energetic and driven individual and his desire to contribute to the growth of the Osteopathic profession is unmistakable. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Board,” said Rita Forden, CEO of the American Osteopathic Foundation.

When notified of his appointment, Student Doctor Edwards shared, “As I am progressing on a Physician-Scientist track of study, I am particularly motivated by the Foundation’s commitment to, and focus on, research and how it is bringing more attention to this discipline through its programs. As a member of SOMA, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a Student Director for the American Osteopathic Foundation and contribute to the advancement of the Osteopathic profession.”