Clinical Counterstrain: Honoring the Masters by Advancing the Science

September 20, 2023

TOMF provided a $3,000 grant to support the September 8-10 "Clinical Counterstrain Applications for Today’s Practice Taught by the Masters" seminar at Midwestern University-AZCOM. The course was a fitting tribute to the late Dr. Harmon Myers, a pioneer in the field of osteopathic manipulative medicine and founding member of the TOMF Board of Trustees. Attended by 40 osteopathic physicians, residents and students, the 3-day program advanced Dr. Myers' Counterstrain techniques through modern applications and insights from 5 of today's leading practitioners from across the US.

MATE Act Training Requirements

June 16, 2023

Beginning on June 27, 2023 a total of eight hours of training from certain organizations on opioid or other substance use disorders is required for practitioners renewing or newly applying for a registration from the DEA to prescribe any Schedule II-V controlled medications. TOMF is included in the list of “certain organizations” from which the 8 hours of opioid-specific education for DEA renewal may be acquired and all prior opioid related credit earned at TOMF CME Conferences (there is no retroactive time limit) satisfies MATE Act training requirements. In the past three years alone, TOMF has offered a total of 8 hours of applicable credit in our commitment to fulfilling AZ license requirements for opioid-related education.

Bridget Botsford, OMS III at BCOM Wins $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from TOMF

June 14, 2023

Meet Bridget Botsford, a third year medical student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and winner of a $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation!

Ron Tang, OMS III at AT Still University-SOMA Wins $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from TOMF

February 21, 2023

Meet Ron Tang, a third year medical student at AT Still University-SOMA and winner of a $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation!

Nathan Wright, OMS III at Midwestern University AZCOM Wins $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from TOMF

February 20, 2023

Meet Nathan Wright, a third year medical student at Midwestern University-AZCOM and winner of a $15,000 Founders' Scholarship from Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation!

TNT Grants Renewed for 2021!

August 18, 2021

Remember our 2020 Thriving Nonprofit Technology Grants? Well, we are thrilled to announce they are back for 2021 and TOMF will award $25,000 in tech funding to non-profits in Tucson with public health interests later this year! Details and application coming soon!

ASU's Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center Looking for Medical Professionals for Opioid Study

June 28, 2021

ASU's Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center is looking for medical professionals to participate in focus groups and discuss their views related to opioid misuse and abuse. Participants input will be used to design future opioid prevention and planning efforts in urban and rural communities throughout Arizona.

Ellis Kaufmann, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA Awarded $7,500 Founders' Scholarship

February 24, 2021

Elli Kaufmann is a 2nd year Osteopathic Medical Student at A.T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Biochemistry (and Chemistry minor). During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in a research lab studying interactions between human albumin and common epileptic drugs. She was the winner of two poster competitions. She also worked as an undergraduate TA for a Biochemistry and Biology class. She currently works part-time as a tutor at her school, serving as a mentor for other students. She has a strong interest in advancing medical education and led a research project about the implementation of digital otoscopes in her school’s curriculum. She has served as an advocate for DOs at DO Day on the Hill, and currently volunteers at St. Mary’s hospital as a front desk COVID-19 screener. While not originally from Tucson, she has lived here for the past 5 years and hopes to practice in Tucson as a physician. Her interests include macramé, working out and learning medical Spanish.

Jennifer Lee, OMS II at Midwestern University-AZCOM Awarded $7,500 Founders' Scholarship

February 24, 2021

Jennifer Lee is an osteopathic medical student who is committed to her studies, demonstrates compassion and empathy, and has a desire to give back to the community. She attended Midwestern University for her master's degree, and finished in the top twenty-five percent of the class. Currently a second-year osteopathic medical student who finished in the top thirty-five percent of her class upon completion of first year, she has the desire to continue to improve her grades through the remainder of didactic. In addition to working hard academically, Jennifer is also a student leader in outreach efforts through her work as President of the Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.) organization where she works directly with Midwestern faculty and the student body to organize and run free weekly healthcare clinics at the homeless shelters in Phoenix, Arizona. Student Doctor Lee is also an AZCOM class of 2023 student representative on the Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Taskforce who works with Midwestern faculty, administration, and fellow students to ensure they are striving for equity for all medical students and future patients. She was honored to be selected as the National Liaison for the Emergency Medicine Board where she has been able to engage with medical schools across the country. These positions have allowed Jennifer to pursue her passion of advocating for underserved communities while also striving to embrace those qualities in her future practice as a physician.

Maxwell M. Crow, OMS III at Midwestern University-AZCOM Awarded $5,000 Founders' Scholarship

February 24, 2021

Student Doctor Crow was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan. He grew up loving to play ice hockey and skiing, both of which he continues to do today. At Midwestern University Maxwell was awarded the Kenneth A. Suarez Research Scholarship and was lucky enough to be a part of Dr. Ashlesh Murthy's team studying the infectious process of Chlamydia. Outside of the classroom, he has been a writer for the campus newsletter, The Pulse, for the last two years and joined his Class Council as the liaison for the Tucson rotation cohort last year.

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

February 24, 2021

From the beginning of his medical education, Student Doctor Bellisario has been cultivating his professional profile through improving his academic performance, taking on leadership roles, and pursuing additional projects. Since beginning clinical rotations, he has consistently received excellent evaluations from preceptors, earning honors in both pediatrics and dermatology, and scoring honors on the pediatric COMAT examination. Because of Joshua’s interest in obstetrics and gynecology, he was able to do a case presentation on a high-risk obstetric patient in conjunction with University of Arizona- Phoenix at the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association's annual convention in April 2020. He also attended the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Advances in Women's Health Fall 2020 conference. This past September, Joshua helped to present his class's public health research project at the Community Health Institute's virtual convection in which they addressed barriers to colon cancer screening follow-up within the El Rio community. In the future, he hope to be involved with other projects regarding quality improvement with El Rio. Additionally, he is a student ambassador for ATSU-SOMA, acting as a liaison for prospective and incoming students, as well as a mentor to underclassmen in the school's "Big Sib/Little Sib" program.

Samuel Diaz, OMS III at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Awarded $7,500 Founders' Scholarship

February 24, 2021

Student Doctor Diaz focused on sports and friends throughout high school and on work and survival during his undergraduate education. When he started taking the 'hard' classes, he felt like he was scrambling to keep up with work and school and was not able to truly focus on learning. After graduating with his bachelor's degree he began to focus on work. Samuel has always known the value of hard work, and this showed in his professional accomplishment of being promoted from a patient care technician to Materials Manager of several pain management facilities within one year. During this time, he took prerequisites for medical school and began to believe that he was capable of more than he had previously thought. Samuel worked full-time for several years before taking a chance on a new post-baccalaureate program through Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was then that he focused on his studies and obtained the GPA necessary to be accepted into their medical program. During his first year as a medical student he obtained honors in ten academic blocks and by the end of second year, was in the top quartile of his class. Student Doctor Diaz is a professional member of SNMA and Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) and was an executive treasurer for SSP in his second year. In his third year he is balancing clinical rotations with study time for shelf and board exams, as well as volunteering all the while enjoying being back in his home state of beautiful and sunny Arizona.

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