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Franz P. Rischard, DO Joins TOMF Board of Trustees

October 23, 2017

Franz P. Rischard, DO joined the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation Board of Trustees in September. Dr. Rischard currently serves as Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He obtained his DO degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and completed both his residency and fellowship training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Rischard is heavily involved in the University's precision medicine efforts and will present on the topic at TOMF's 27th Annual Southwestern Conference on Medicine in April of 2018.


Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation Announces Return of Founders' Scholarships

October 5, 2017

Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation is thrilled to announce that the Founders’ Scholarships program will be returning for fiscal year 2017-2018. The Scholarships are given to honor the Founders of Tucson General Hospital, who established the Hospital in order to advance osteopathic medicine in southern Arizona. TOMF aims to encourage the next generation of DOs and inspire the same leadership embodied by the Tucson General Hospital Founders.


TOMF Announces October, November, and December Trustee Awards Winners

October 4, 2017

The Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation is honored to announce the recipients of the Trustee Awards for the months of October, November, and December. Local non-profit organizations in southern Arizona with a public health focused project are eligible to win the $1,500 grants each award cycle.


Trustee Awards Deadline September 1st

August 8, 2017

Mark your calendars, September 1st is the next deadline to apply for TOMF Trustee Awards! $1,500 to be awarded to non-profit organizations with a public health focused project. Quick and easy online application:


Daniel Maas, OMS III at Midwestern University-AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

There have only been a couple of two-time Founders' Scholarship winner. Daniel Maas is one of them. Maas, who moved to Tucson at a young age, has thrived during his third-year medical school rotations. I have learned more than I ever expected I could this past year," Mass said. "Every month was a new experience and every different field I was lucky enough to participate in has me excited both for my future as a physician as well as the future of medicine." Read on to learn more about Daniel Maas's future plans for his life as a physician.


Esther Quintero, OMS III at A.T. Still University-SOMA, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

Esther Quintero is one of the only two-time Founders' Scholarship winners since the program was restarted in 2015. Quintero, who moved to Tucson from Mexico at a young age, has found a long-term career path during her third-year rotations. "It has been an exciting year because I discovered or perhaps confirmed my love for Family Medicine. Deciding to pursue a career in Family Medicine facilitates and enriches my goal of helping everyone in underserved communities." Read on to learn more about how Esther Quintero deals with the challenges of life as a medical student.


Victoria Calvelage, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

Victoria Calvelage, from Phoenix, notes that her trait of being a good listener will help her “empathize with patients, get to the heart of their stories, and form a strong doctor-patient relationships.” Calvelage hopes her rotations next year will help her decide between Surgery, OB-GYN, and Emergency Medicine. And, in fact, it was her stint as an emergency medical scribe in graduate school that spurred her interest in medicine. Seeing the passion of those ER physicians in helping patients “inspired me to pursue my goal of becoming a physician as well.” Read on to learn more about Victoria Calvelage’s passion outside of medicine.


Kari Broder, OMS II at Midwestern University-AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

Finding the answers to the unknowns in medicine appeals to Kari Broder, who notes that “the burgeoning field of gut microbiome is starting to yield some incredible insights into pathologies that we didn’t even know were connected to the GI system. If that’s not interesting, I don’t know what is!” This Scottsdale native’s outlook on medicine is partially shaped by an internship at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office. “I really feel that my experience working with death has given me a unique respect for human life and for my future patients,” she said. “And that is what I think will help me become a successful physician.” Read on to learn more about Kari Broder's thoughts on the role genetics will play in preventative medicine and her casual musical trio called *Nsyncope.


Tyson Polley, OMS II at Midwestern University-AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

While working as a scribe in the ER at Northwest Medical Center, Tucsonan Tyson Polley realized that going to medical school would allow him to help others. He cited this desire to help others as what "will motivate me to learn and change" as he tackles the tough years of training ahead. Of particular interest to Polley are the things that current medical knowledge can't explain. "There is so much more we can learn," he said, looking forward to the "progress in our understanding that will bless the lives of many people." Read on to learn more about Tyson Polley's advice to students considering the medical field.


Chelsi Redpath, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

June 20, 2017

Phoenix native Chelsi Redpath, has a history of helping the underserved. During the past year, she spent one day a week shadowing a family medicine doctor who served the homeless population in an RV clinic. “Working with homeless patients has been very difficult as they come with a lot of different concerns and health problems, but this is also so rewarding at the same time,” Redpath said. She’s learned that patients come with incredible, unique stories and hopes that her “open mind, open heart, and open ears” will serve her well as a future physician. Read on to learn more about the “most exciting adventure” Chelsi Redpath has been on.


TOMF Announces Second January Trustee Award Winner

January 31, 2017

At its most recent meeting, TOMF's Grants, Scholarships, and Awards Committee decided to distribute two Trustee Awards in the month of January. In addition to St. Luke's Home, the Arizona Theatre Company was awarded a $1,500 grant to partially support their "YOUTH ON THE EDGE - RELEASING THE PAIN" project.


First TOMF Trustee Award of 2017 Goes to St. Luke's Home

January 6, 2017

St. Luke’s Home, a Tucson nonprofit that’s been in operation for 100 years, has been named the TOMF Trustee Award winner for January 2017. This $1,500 grant will support their “Engaged and Energized Elders” program.

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