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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!


Patricia J. Eck, DO Joins TOMF Board of Trustees

December 8, 2017

In November, Patricia J. Eck, DO joined the TOMF Board of Trustees. Dr. Eck, a born-and-raised Tucsonan, received her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Biology from Arizona State University followed by her DO degree from Midwestern University-AZCOM. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and practices Emergency Pediatrics at Tucson Medical Center and is the Pediatric Residency Program Director for THMEP. In addition to her service on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Eck has already begun to serve on TOMF’s Grants/Scholarships/Awards and Southwestern Conference Planning Committees. She also is the first member of the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation Board to be native to Tucson!


TOMF Announces January, February, and March Trustee Awards Winners

November 28, 2017

The Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Trustee Awards for the months of January, February, and March. Each award cycle the $1,500 grants are available to three local non-profit organizations with a public health focused project in southern Arizona.


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.

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