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Honoring the Life of Natalie Beissel

August 6, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that we must share some sad news. The AZ osteopathic family lost one of its brightest stars this past weekend with the passing of Natalie Beissel, OMS IV. Natalie was a student at A.T. Still University at El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson.


Brenda Pecotte de Gonzalez, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA Awarded $5,000 TOMF Founders' Scholarship

May 28, 2015

Brenda Pecotte de Gonzalez, OMS II, grew up in the small town of DeForest, Wisconsin and wants to be a family physician, just like the one who took care of her whole extended family while growing up. “He (the doctor) did everything, from well-child checks to stitches to chronic condition management and to coordination of care with specialists. I really like that family medicine allows seeing all ages and offers a large scope of practice, including preventive medicine.” She really looks forward to discovering what “style” she’ll develop as she enters practice. We asked Brenda 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.


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.


Andrew Fontes, OMS II at Midwestern University-AZCOM Awarded $5,000 TOMF Founders' Scholarship

May 28, 2015

Andrew Fontes, OMS II from Tubac, plans to become a pediatrician and was a researcher prior to choosing medicine. “I chose osteopathic medicine because of its foundation in connecting with a patient instead of a disease,” he says, adding that the most interesting discovery so far as a student has been the immense amount of respect given as he crosses from being a patient to a health care worker. “Volunteering this last summer in Guatemala, I was humbled by the level of gratitude the patients provided to each and every volunteer.” We asked Andrew a few questions about his path to medicine, daily life as a medical student and his future endeavors as an osteopathic physician. Read on to find out more.


Arka Chaudhury, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA Awarded $5,000 TOMF Founders' Scholarship

May 27, 2015

Arka Chaudhury, OMS II from Phoenix, has a strong interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He started his career as a bio-engineer and loved studying and understanding the intricacies of the human body but something was missing. "In the engineering realm there is no accounting for a mind and spirit," he says, but won't discard his engineer's skills completely, especially problem-solving skills, in exchange for a physician's armamentarium. "A problem solver has to see more than just the facts, " he says, "A diagnosis can never be as simple as just looking at the facts of patient symptoms and labs...the true art to being a problem solver is to be able to adapt to variables and make necessary considerations." We asked Arka a few questions about his path to medicine, his daily life as a medical student and his future endeavors as an osteopathic physician. Read on to find out more about him.


Mark Murphy, OMS III at Midwestern University-AZCOM Awarded $2,500 TOMF Founders' Scholarship

May 27, 2015

Mark Murphy, OMS III, has called Tucson home since age three, went to the University of Arizona to become a civil engineer. “My career path changed after two internships filled with number crunching in isolated cubicles,” he said, “The human interaction, trust, communication and the ability to diagnose and treat both personal and health related issues made medical school and easy decision.” Murphy plans to stay in Arizona, possibly practicing emergency medicine or anesthesiology. We asked Mark a few questions about his path to medicine, daily life as a medical student and his future endeavors as an osteopathic physician. Read on to find out more.


Farrah Jalali, OMS III at Midwestern University-AZCOM Awarded $5,000 TOMF Founders' Scholarship

May 26, 2015

Farrah J. Jalali, OMS III is an Arizona native who grew up in Tucson. Serendipitously, she discovered her passion for medicine as a student volunteer at the University of Arizona Cancer Center on Campbell, former site of Tucson General Hospital. There she shadowed a social worker who was married to an osteopathic physician who had trained and worked at Tucson General. After observing the physician at work, she decided to pursue a DO degree and become a family physician.


Free CME for Arizona Prescribers

May 19, 2015

There is increasing evidence that opioid medications are over-prescribed and poorly managed because prescribers are not aware of appropriate opioid risk management strategies and non-opioid approaches to treating chronic pain. This activity seeks to familiarize prescribers with current guidelines for opioid use and prescribing, as well as educate prescribers about non-opioid strategies for pain management.


Primary Care with Dr. David Los

April 1, 2015

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes determination and cognitive effort. A vital part in keeping up with a healthy lifestyle is an individual's primary care physician. Not only can primary care physicians provide their patients with valuable guidelines for leading a healthy life, but they can specify guidelines on a more individual-basis based on their patient's history, family history, and goals. To gain more insight about this topic, David Los, DO will answer some common questions. Dr. Los is a family medicine physician at CMG Northwest (Carondelet Medical Group), located at 551 W. Magee Road. His office telephone number is 520-498-6467. Dr. Los received his medical degree as well as a Master's degree in Health Care Administration at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.


Community Integrated Paramedicine Program

February 18, 2015

This is called the Rio Rico Fire & Medical District "Community Integrated Paramedicine Program." The term comes from "Community Paramedic " which is trademarked, and so when I first became interested in this concept in 2010, I wanted to use a term that was close enough but did not infringe on TM. When it came to name the program for a grant (we were unsuccessful in obtaining), I called it "Community Healthcare Paramedicine." Since then the concept has gained traction throughout Arizona and in 2014 Arizona Department of Health Services put together a steering group under the term "Community Integrated Paramedicine" (CIP). This is a term I support because this program truly must be integrated into the overall healthcare resources of each community, if it is to be successful.


Connect the Docs/AOMA District 6 Meeting - March 7

February 17, 2015

The next Connect the Docs will take place immediately following the AOMA District 6 Meeting on Saturday, March 7 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Agustin Kitchen, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste. 150, Tucson, AZ 85745. This event is presented in partnership with AOMA. Please RSVP for yourself and one guest (if inclined) for Connect the Docs at info@tomf.org or call (520)299-4545. Appetizers and the first round of drinks will be provided.


Connect the Docs, January 31

January 27, 2015

Are you an osteopathic physician practicing in the Tucson area? If so, join us for Connect the Docs, an osteopathic physician networking and informational event. These events are a great way to get involved with the Foundation, network with your fellow southern Arizona DOs, and reconnect with colleagues. The next Connect the Docs will take place on Saturday, January 31 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at Yard House (Park Place Mall), 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711.

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