Ryan Paulus, a second-year student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin who’s training to become a primary care physician, has received the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians' Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year Award for 2017.
“Ryan’s recognition by the ACOFP is a testament to his passion for rural primary care, his leadership on the Dublin campus, his dedication to community service and his outstanding academic success,” said Heritage College, Dublin, Dean William Burke, D.O. (’88). “We are so proud of Student Dr. Paulus and know he exemplifies the students who select the Heritage College for their osteopathic medical education.”
The award Paulus received was created in memory of Marie Wiseman, a former president-elect of the Auxiliary ACOFP. It recognizes an osteopathic medical student who demonstrates excellence, leadership and community service in family medicine. Paulus was announced as the 2017 winner at the ACOFP Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Fla., in March.
This annual award includes $5,000 to help defray medical school and/or personal expenses, and affirms the recipient’s activities and outstanding leadership within the association. Nominations are solicited from colleges of osteopathic medicine, with the final selection made by the Auxiliary and the ACOFP board of governors.
Paulus, who is from Celina, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ohio Northern University before enrolling at the Heritage College, with plans to practice family medicine after graduation. He was featured in a recent story in the Columbus Dispatch that focused on the state’s primary care physician shortage and the Heritage College’s partnership with OhioHealth to train more primary care physicians in central Ohio.
As a Heritage College student, Paulus has served as executive president of the college’s chapter of the Student Association of ACOFP, has sat on the board of governors for the Ohio ACOFP, and was a delegate from Ohio to the national ACOFP’s 2017 National Congress of Delegates. He is in the college’s Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program, a curricular enhancement that helps prepare students to practice more effectively in medically underserved communities. Paulus is also among the recipients of the Dublin Primary Care Scholarship, a program funded by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations to support students at the Heritage College, Dublin, who plan to practice primary care in Ohio.