June 6, 2016
Justin Dickson's hometown is Chandler, Arizona, and he hopes to practice Emergency Medicine after his days at Midwestern University-AZCOM. As an OMS III, he's in the thick of his rotations, but isn't far removed from the days when he'd "wake up early, head to the library, and study all day until 5:30. I then came home, ate dinner, helped put the kids to bed, then studied for another couple of hours until bed. Rinse, repeat." It's not surprising that he's looking forward to spending more time with his family when he's finished medical school. For aspiring medical students, Justin suggests that they get exposure to as many fields of medicine as possible and plan how to finance their education. He wants physicians to make wise decisions that will make them happy in the long run because, as he puts it, "happy physicians provide higher quality care." To learn more about how Justin thinks financial planning makes a happy physician, the interesting things he's learned in his medical training, and what he looks for in a mentor, read on!
June 6, 2016
When he's not spending 8-12 hours in the library a day studying for his level 1 board examinations, Joshua Burton likes to squeeze in a few hours with his wife and two year-old son going on walks to the park. This OMS II from A.T. Still University-SOMA finds the medical school experience challenging and rewarding, noting that "it is a long journey for everyone and I am truly grateful for their love and support they have given me along the way." While he's most interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine, he's already making post-graduation plans to "participate in medical missions to central and south America. I have been diligent in maintaining my second language of Spanish and wish to use this skill to help the Latin American population any way I can." To find out what gives Joshua a “re-energizing joy" in medical school, how he decided to become a physician, and what he feels makes an exemplary doctor, read on!
June 6, 2016
Daniel Maas was born into a military family in London, England, but this OMS II from Midwestern University-AZCOM has called Tucson home since 1998. After beginning his undergraduate degree with the full intention of doing computer sciences, he found he much preferred chemistry. After changing majors to Biochemistry, he interned at a local emergency department, fell in love with medicine, and has been pursuing it ever since. A rigorous school schedule, including studying for board examinations for 12 hours a day over the past month, has contributed to Daniel learning "more in the last two years than I have in the last 23 combined." With all this knowledge, he's excited to begin his career in Emergency Medicine or as a medicine hospitalist, work as part of larger inter-professional team, and help people. Daniel is surprised by his new-found abilities and "how far along I've come since this journey began." If you'd like to learn more about Daniel's journey, what advice he has to aspiring medical students, and how important breakfast is to him, read on!
June 6, 2016
Casey Carney, OMS III at A.T. Still University-SOMA, hails from Scottsdale, Arizona and has "wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember." As an aspiring OB/GYN, Casey wants to provide healthcare to under-served women in rural areas. On a larger scale, she would "like to work internationally to try to combat female genital mutilation." With such a strong focus for her future, she was also surprised to discover that she enjoys "debriding (cutting/cleaning out) diabetic foot ulcers." The future looks bright for Casey, who notes that "if you love what you do, you won't feel like you're working." Even if that means cleaning out diabetic foot ulcers. We asked Casey a few questions about her path to becoming an osteopathic physician, what a typical day of medical school looks like, and what she looks for in a role model. Read on to find out more.
June 6, 2016
Sangwon Moon, OMS II from Midwestern University-AZCOM, hasn't yet decided between Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, or Internal Medicine as his preferred specialty, but he does know one thing: he's cherished his journey to become a physician. "Not many career choices offer that rewarding nature of medicine in having to pay your dues through hard work but eventually being able to see the results of your hard work through the tangible differences you are able to make in the lives of your patients." He feels lucky to be able to pursue a career in medicine, and realizes the life-long commitment he's making. "If you are willing to devote and sacrifice your time, energy, and hard work into eventually becoming the best doctor you can be, then as with anything in life, you will be very successful." To learn about what excites Sangwon most about becoming a physician, how he chose a career in medicine, and the best medical education advice he's received, read on!
June 6, 2016
Esther Quintero, OMS II at A.T. Still University-SOMA, originally hails from Sonora, Mexico, but has called Tucson home for the past thirteen years. While exploring various healthcare and science fields in college, Esther also began volunteering in the community. "I saw a great need for physicians who were compassionate and sensitive to vulnerable populations. I then felt the need and desire to be one of those physicians myself." In addition to seeking out role models who see the patient as the priority, Esther also admires the "respect and professionalism" in the relationships her father has with his own patients. To learn more about how Esther thinks patient education improves their overall health, her daily life as a medical student, and advice she has for incoming medical students, read on!
March 15, 2016
Collaborative Efforts with Trustee Awardee Youth On Their Own!
November 5, 2015
During the 2015 legislative session, new Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements were enacted and became effective July 3, 2015.
September 29, 2015
On Saturday, September 26th, the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation hosted the fun and successful 2015 DOnate Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson.
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. â€œHe (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.â€ She really looks forward to discovering what â€œstyleâ€ sheâ€™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.
May 28, 2015
Angela Marchant, OMS IV, grew up in Milwaukee and is currently a post-doctoral fellow in osteopathic medicine â€“ 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. â€œOsteopathic 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.â€ 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.