Alana Augur, OMS III at Midwestern University - AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

March 25, 2019

Alana Augur is a third year medical student at Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona. She matriculated directly from her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona. There, she completed an Honors degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Mathematics. Alana completed her honors thesis on Diet Specialization and Generalization Tradeoffs in the Mustard Herbivore Scaptomyza Flava. She was involved in multiple research roles at both the University of Arizona Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, as well as at the University of Arizona Phoenix College of Medicine.

Jason Hirshberg, OMS III at Midwestern University - AZCOM, Awarded $2,500 Founders' Scholarship

March 25, 2019

Jason grew up in Boulder, Colorado and studied Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado. After graduating in three years at the age of 20, he worked as a research assistant in a lab at Stanford that studied muscle stem cells. Before attending medical school, Jason earned his Master's degree in Reproductive and Cancer Biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. There, he graduated at the top of his class, was inducted into the Delta Omega honorary society, and published a paper on autoimmunity. Last year, Jason earned Gold TOUCH recognition for accumulating over 100 hours of community service. He was inducted into the Sigma Sigma Phi osteopathic medicine honorary society in recognition of his leadership potential, academic performance, and passion for addressing disparities in healthcare. As a Paul Ambrose Scholar, Jason developed a tobacco education program for at-risk youth and presented his results at the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Annual Meeting. Jason earned several Student Government scholarships that helped fund his presentations. Jason was also selected from over 300 medical students to attend the Johns Hopkins Cancer in Underprivileged, Indigent, and Disadvantaged Translational Oncology Program (CUPID). In addition to advocating on Capitol Hill to ensure cancer survivors are not dropped from their insurance plans, his research on adenoviral genomes was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and in the Public Library of Science. As a member of multiple oncology organizations, Jason is driven to fight cancer in disproportionately affected communities.

Kareen Hamadani, OMS III at A.T. Still Univeristy - SOMA, Awarded $2,500 Founders' Scholarship

March 25, 2019

At UCLA, Kareem was able to accomplish a fair amount both on the individual level and as a member of a variety organizations. Kareem served as Vice President of Recruitment of UCLA's chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-medical fraternity. His proudest accomplishment was serving a pivotal role in organizing the fraternity's first ever Anatomy Fashion Show, which helped raise the fraternity over $20,000 for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. As an undergraduate member of the Mobile Clinic Project, Kareem worked with UCLA medical students and attendings to provide healthcare services to downtrodden individuals in West Hollywood once a week, dispensing much needed supplies and medications, while also helping individuals find the resources they needed to get back on their feet. Under the direction of Dr. Emeran Mayer and Dr. Jennifer Labus in the Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, Kareem was able to serve in a variety of roles including but not limited to the roles of clinical research assistant, MRI technician, and data analyst. While demonstrating his versatility, Kareem was able to add six presentations and two publications to his research resume. Kareem’s focus thus far, as a medical student, has been on academics. Through his first two years, he has consistently achieved at a high level, performing in the top three of his class. Kareem has passed the first set of board examinations for both the USMLE and the COMLEX. Now in his third year, Kareem is aiming to shine during rotations and will continue to seek opportunities to further himself both academically and professionally.

Deadline for Trustee Award Applications is March 1!

February 13, 2019

Exhibit Opportunities Available for 28th Annual Southwestern Conference on Medicine!

October 23, 2018

Exhibit opportunities are available for the 28th Annual Southwestern Conference on Medicine! Mark your calendar now for the 28th Annual Southwestern Conference on Medicine, May 2 - 5, 2019 at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.

Alana Augur, OMS II at Midwestern University – AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders’ Scholarship

March 1, 2018

Alana Augur, from Scottsdale, graduated from The University of Arizona where she majored in biology and minored in mathematics. This OMS II at Midwestern University – AZCOM loves Arizona and all it has to offer including outdoor activities and urban culture. Her favorite thing to do in her limited free time is cooking. Augur has also had the exciting opportunity to work as a medical volunteer in Thailand and Cusco, Peru. Read on to learn more about Alana Augur’s passion for medicine!

Mei Song-Lin Goh, OMS III at Midwestern University – AZCOM, Awarded $2,500 Founders’ Scholarship

February 28, 2018

Growing up in Seattle, Washington around people and a culture that was very embracing of integrative medicine and alternative medicines, osteopathic medicine seemed like the perfect fit for Mei Song-Lin Goh. She is currently an OMS III at Midwestern University - AZCOM. Of particular interest to Goh is, "the diversity of ways to practice medicine, even within a single discipline." Read on to learn more about Mei Goh's advice to students considering the medical field.

Matthew West, OMS II at A.T. Still University – SOMA, Awarded $5,000 Founders’ Scholarship

February 26, 2018

Having the ability to give back to his community through practicing medicine is what really excites Matthew West about becoming a physician. This OMS II at A.T. Still University - SOMA was impacted by shadowing a DO while living in Tucson, which led to his decision to pursue medicine. "He showed me that he practiced medicine like allopathic physicians, but that he also had the added value of osteopathic manipulation for improving health. My lifelong journey into osteopathic medicine stems from his kindness of accepting me to shadow him for an entire month without even knowing me." Read on to learn more about Matthew West's thoughts on the medical field and his journey as a medical student.

Shovna Mishra, OMS III at A.T. Still University – SOMA, Awarded $5,000 Founders’ Scholarship

February 25, 2018

Shovna Mishra, OMS III at A.T. Still University – SOMA, has been a resident of Arizona since 2006. She pursued a dual degree in Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Business Sustainability at ASU and graduated in 2014 as one of the top five students in her class. One of her major accomplishments during her undergraduate and medical school years has been starting a preventive pediatric nutrition education program as a non-profit organization. To date, she has led teams in raising $28,000 in grant funding to support this program, which allowed for the education of over 1,200 elementary students at over 15 community sites since 2010. She has also led and assisted in the completion of three research projects to validate this program, one of which resulted in a recent publication in JAOA. This year, she received the ACP Medical Student of the Year award. Read on to hear more about Shovna's days as a medical student and what inspires her to further her skills in OMT, nutrition education, and integrative medicine.

Tiffany Ziegler, OMS II at Midwestern University – AZCOM, Awarded $5,000 Founders’ Scholarship

February 24, 2018

Tiffany Ziegler has acquired several roles in her tenure as a student. As an academic, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa undergraduate honor society, she was awarded the title of Outstanding Graduate Student upon completion of her Master's degree, and has earned placement in the top half of her medical school class. As a researcher, she is working with Midwestern University - AZCOM, HonorHealth system, and the Scottsdale Fire Department to improve patient outcomes in cardiac arrest and sepsis calls. She is also working with Arizona State University's School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and the University of Arizona Cancer Center - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center to study the social determinants of health outcomes in Arizona. As a student leader, she started as the Class of 2020 Class Representative in her first year, and is now serving as the Midwestern University - AZCOM Student Government President as an OMS II. She is also a General Council Member of the National Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents and serves on the following committees: Legislative Affairs, Women in Medicine, National Osteopathic Student Caucus Task Force, and Resolution Task Force. Read on to find out what influenced Tiffany Ziegler's decision to pursue a career in the medical field.

Spencer Eberhard, OMS III at A.T. Still University - SOMA, Awarded $2,500 Founders' Scholarship

February 23, 2018

In 2013, Spencer Eberhard graduated from BYU-Idaho with a B.S. in Biology - Neuroscience. During his undergraduate years he was a chemistry tutor, and a neurobiology and neuroanatomy teacher's assistant. As a neuroscience research Team Leader for a project examining neurogenesis in crayfish, he guided and taught students how to conduct the research, which led to their poster presentation winning 2nd place at a BYU-Idaho conference. Eberhard has been a dedicated musician for most of his life and was the Music Club President as a 1st year OMS at A.T. Still University - SOMA and is now an OMS III. Read on to find out more about how his love of neuroscience led to his pursuit of becoming an osteopathic physician.

Recent Osteopathic Medical Student Activities and Opportunities at TOMF

December 15, 2017

TOMF has been ramping up efforts to bring unique activities and volunteer opportunities to the osteopathic medical students who are rotating through Southern Arizona. Over the past few months, we have facilitated a SOMA/AZCOM Mixer at Tucson Hop Shop, a Year IV Prep question and answer session geared toward AZCOM OMS IIIs, and some unique volunteer opportunities to help the students give back to our incredible Tucson community. Check out our evening of volunteer work in the video below and follow us on Facebook for regular reports!

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