students, alumni recognized at ACOFP conference In research,
fellowships and awards, the American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians honored individuals from OU-COM
By Richard Heck
March 20, 2009
Students and faculty at the Ohio
University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) made an
impressive mark at the 46th Annual American College of
Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Convention held in Washington,
D.C., earlier this month.
The convention featured an extensive
showing of research by students, residents and faculty of OU-COM and
the Centers of Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), OU-COM’s
statewide consortium of teaching hospitals. Convention participants
affiliated with the college presented 13 out of 43, or 30 percent,
of the posters in the osteopathic medical research competition,
Stachowicz, OMS II,
second place in student competition: “Cancer screening behaviors in
HIV-infected older adults”
Michelle Wallen, OMS III,
and Meredith Violet, OMS III: honorable mention in student
competition: “The effects of phenylmethimazole on the development of
type 2 diabetes in LDLR knockout mice”
Geraldine Urse, D.O.
(’93), FACOFP, clinical associate professor at Doctors Hospital
in Columbus, honorable mention in faculty competition: “The role of
journaling in a resident’s education”
Katherine Able, D.O.,
resident at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, honorable mention
in resident competition: “Prevalence and perception of obesity in El
Also at the conference, four
physicians affiliated with OU-COM and/or the CORE earned the
designation “Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians” (FACOFP), which recognizes ACOFP members for their
experience, dedication and outstanding contributions to the
advancement of family practice.
Three of the four new fellows—John
J. Wolf Jr., D.O. (’88), FACOFP; Ronald R. Burns, D.O.
(’89), FACOFP; and Ronald J. Russ, D.O.(’98), FACOFP—are
OU-COM alumni. Wolf is a clinical associate professor and program
director of family medicine at St. John West Shore Hospital in
Cleveland. Burns serves on the American Osteopathic Association
Board of Trustees. Russ, also a clinical associate professor, serves
as the CORE assistant dean at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital.
The fourth fellow, Ioanna Z.
Giatis, D.O., FACOFP, is a clinical assistant faculty member for
the CORE at South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland.
According to ACOFP, fellows are
chosen based upon:
outstanding contributions through teaching, authorship, research or
professional leadership in the practice of osteopathic family
Osteopathic Association or American Board of Medical Specialists
participation in local and state osteopathic organizations and ACOFP
attendance for at least six ACOFP or AOA Annual Conventions during
the previous 10 years; and
past and current hospital, state society and national activities of
OU-COM Assistant Professor Jay H. Shubrook Jr., D.O.
(’96), FACOFP, received the ACOFP Young Physician of the Year
Award at the conference.
“Dr. Jay Shubrook was selected as ACOFP’s 2009 Young Osteopathic
Physician of the Year for his inspiring leadership and his
commitment to educating future physicians,” stated ACOFP President
Jan D. Zieren, D.O., M.P.H., FACOFP-dist. “His actions demonstrate a
very real approach to improving the profession of osteopathic family
In addition to receiving the award, this week Shubrook was selected
to be the new editor of ACOFP’s journal, The Osteopathic Family
PhysicianNews, which he plans to lead from its current
newsletter format toward a more scholarly research journal format.
is a superior academic physician, one who excels in everything he
does,” said OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, D.O. “He is an authority
in the field of diabetes and one of our finest teachers. He performs
innovative research and valuable community service. His presence on
our faculty lifts the entire college. Even though he is early in his
career, Dr. Shubrook is a valuable mentor and role model to our new
clinical faculty. We are very honored to have the Young Physician of
the Year at our institution.”
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