Angela Marchant, OMS IV at A.T. Still University-SOMA Awarded $2,500 TOMF Founders' Scholarship
May 28, 2015
Angela Marchant, OMS IV, grew up in Milwaukee and is currently a post-doctoral fellow in osteopathic medicine - teaching 1st and 2nd year students anatomy and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). She spent part of her training in Tucson at El Rio Community Health Centers and plans a career in family medicine and OMM. "Osteopathic medicine is a deeply satisfying career if you are interested in actually confronting and transforming the root causes of disease and, in so doing, cultivating health for yourself and your patients." We asked Angela a few questions about her path to medicine, daily life as a medical student and her future endeavors as an osteopathic physician. Read on to find out more.
1. What is your hometown?
2. What caused you to choose medicine as a career?
I wanted to be a healer and have always been interested in the interaction of individual and societal health.
3. Which specialty do you plan to practice?
Family Medicine & OMM
4. What does your typical school day look like?
I am currently working as the predoctoral fellow in osteopathic medicine at ATSU-SOMA. My time is divided between teaching first and second year students about OMM and Anatomy, working on research projects and working in OMM clinics. In July I will continue my clinical training on my rotations, working in various clinics and hospital services in 4-week increments.
5. What qualities do you look for in a mentor or role model?
My mentors empower me to be my truest self, which is invaluable and unfortunately hard to find. I am tremendously lucky to have my mentors in my life- I wouldn't be the person I am today without their influence.
6. As a mentor and role model yourself, what advice would you give to a student considering medicine as a career?
Osteopathic medicine is a deeply satisfying career if you are interested in actually confronting and transforming the root causes of disease and, in so doing, cultivating health for yourself and your patients. The other advice I always give to pre-med students is to take at least a year off in between undergrad and medical school and prioritize fun!
7. What is the most interesting thing you've discovered so far in your medical training?
The body can actually heal itself.
8. What are you most excited about doing after you become a physician?
Building transformative and healing relationships with my patients.