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!

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.

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