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Family Medicine Fellow Honored at DOC Awards

Rachel Holt, OMS IV, wins Student D.O. of the Year

By Matthew Bates

 

Growing up in Bluffton, a small college town in northwest Ohio,
Rachel Holt, OMS IV,
knew at an early age that she wanted to be a doctor.

“All of my life I have dreamed of becoming a physician,” Holt said. “Growing up I was always impressed with the physicians I came in contact with in my community. Their dedication to patient care and community service is something I hope to model in my future practice.”

Last Wednesday, Holt’s dedication was recognized at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-COM) annual Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment (DOC) Awards, established to honor outstanding students and faculty. Holt was named Student D.O. of the Year.

Holt, spending an additional year with the school as a family practice fellow, was nominated for the award last fall by her peers, and then selected by a committee of students and faculty members. Rachel was surprised when she was told in January that she would be the recipient.

“I was not at all expecting to be honored in such a big way. I feel very privileged to be recognized by my fellow students and faculty at OU-COM,” said Holt. 

After graduating from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., Holt took a year off from school, working as a substitute teacher in northwest Ohio and as an anatomy and physiology instructor at a local community college before enrolling at OU-COM. 

Holt’s devotion to research was among the accomplishments mentioned at the ceremony on Wednesday. At Taylor University, she was involved in research on the nervous system innervation of the circulatory system in rats. At OU-COM, she was awarded the Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship and worked with Jay Shubrook, D.O., associate professor of family medicine, on research involving diabetes care practices in nursing homes. After that program was completed, she continued to work with Dr. Shubrook on other projects centered on diabetes and cardiovascular disease research.

“The CORE Research Office is very proud of Rachel’s achievements,” said Grace Brannan, Ph.D., director of the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Research Office. “We have worked closely with Rachel these past five years on numerous research projects. Rachel’s passion for patient care and safety are reflected in the studies she has done in the areas of diabetes and exercise stress testing. Her enthusiasm, energy, and evidence-based knowledge will surely make her an outstanding osteopathic physician.”

Holt completed her third- and fourth-year CORE rotations at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, and is finishing a year of additional training in OU-COM’s Family Medicine Fellowship program. After she graduates in June, she will start a residency rotation in Emergency Medicine at the affiliated hospitals of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. 

“As I … move on to the next phase of my training, I hope to maintain a passion for learning and research that will, I hope, help me to provide excellent patient care,” said Holt.

A list of all award recipients follows:

 

2010 DOC Award Winners 

Outstanding Clinical Science Faculty 

  • CPC I: Paul Cadamagnani, D.O., professor of internal medicine; Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. (’97), assistant professor of family medicine and assistant dean of preclinical education
  • CPC II: Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor of endocrinology
  • PCC I: Joseph Holtel, D.O. (’86),  assistant professor of family medicine
  • PCC II: Edward Schreck, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine and medical director of the family practice clinic

 

Outstanding Social Medicine Faculty 

  • CPC I: Douglas Mann, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine and executive assistant to the dean
  • CPC II: Douglas Mann, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine and executive assistant to the dean

 

Outstanding Basic Science Faculty

  • CPC I: Richard Klabunde, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology
  • CPC II: Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience
  • PCC I: Calvin James, Ph.D., associate professor of virology
  • PCC II: Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience

 

Individual Recognition

  • CPC I: Colette McLemore, assistant director of multicultural programs; Tim Neely, OMM fellow
  • CPC II: Tim Neely, OMM fellow; Lindsay Westrick OMS II
  • PCC I: Leah Welsh, OMS II
  • PCC II: LaQuita Jones, OMS II

 

Outstanding CBL Facilitator

  • CPC I: Douglas Mann, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine and executive assistant to the dean
  • CPC II: Robert Woodworth, D.O., M.P.H., associate professor of social medicine

 

Outstanding PCC Facilitator

  • PCC I: Calvin James, Ph.D., associate professor of virology
  • PCC II: Tim Neely, OMM fellow

Outstanding Group Leadership

  • CPC I: Jordan Brown, OMS I, Jordan Farr, OMS I, Tim Neely, OMM Fellow, Tanikka Toler, OMS I
  • CPC II: Andrew Little, OMS II
  • PCC I: Therese Obioha, OMS I
  • PCC II: Paul Eichenseer, OMS II

 

Outstanding CPC Instructor of Record

  • CPC I: Richard Klabunde, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology
  • CPC II: Audrone Biknevicius, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy

 

Clinical Preceptors of the Year

  • CPC I: Steven Clay, D.O., associate professor of family medicine; Randall Colucci, D.O. (’98), M.P.H., assistant professor of family medicine; Eduardo Robles, D.O. (’97), assistant professor of family medicine; Edward Schreck, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine and medical director of the Family Practice Clinic; Jay Shubrook, D.O. (’96), associate professor of family medicine; Penny Shelton, M.D., clinical assistant professor of family medicine
  • CPC II: Steve Carin, D.O., associate professor of internal medicine; David Drozek, D.O. (’83), assistant professor of surgery; James Guenther, D.O., clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Matthew Kaufmann, D.O.; Mark McGee, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry; Jean Rettos, D.O. (’04), part-time instructor of osteopathic manipulative medicine; Kanwaljit Singh, M.D., clinical assistant professor of hematology and oncology
  • PCC I: Hafiz Ayub, M.D., clinical associate professor of internal medicine; Jen-Tzer Gau, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of geriatrics; Joseph Holtel, D.O. (’86),  assistant professor of family medicine; Peggy Lionberger, D.O.
  • PCC II: Jane Broecker, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Scott Johnson, M.D., clinical assistant professor of general surgery; Stephanie Ott, M.D., clinical assistant professor of rheumatology; Dawn Sammons, D.O. (’03); Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor of endocrinology; Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. (’97), assistant professor of emergency medicine

 

Outstanding OMM Mentor

  • CPC I: Tim Neely, OMM fellow
  • CPC II: Tim Neely, OMM fellow
  • PCC I: Robert Baker, OMS IV; Mirna Martinez, OMM fellow
  • PCC II: Leah Welsh, OMS II

 

Outstanding Research Mentor

  • Brian Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuromuscular biology
  • Jay Shubrook, D.O. (’96), associate professor of family medicine

 

Outstanding Tutor

  • CPC I: Tim Neely, OMM fellow
  • CPC II: Stephanie Zaugg, OMS II
  • PCC I: Chintha Bastian, graduate student
  • PCC II: Tim Neely, OMM fellow

 

Class Advocate

  • CPC I: Lauren Fuller, OMS II; Mark Postel, OMS I; LaQuatre Rhodes, OMS I
  • CPC II: Lesley Ramos, OMS II
  • PCC I: LaQuatre Rhodes, OMS I
  • PCC II: Dominique Crosby, OMS II

 

Student Government Outstanding Organization

·        Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

 

Student Government Special Recognition 

  • Mark Loudin, multimedia producer and director

 

CPC Block of the Year 

  • CPC I: Cardiovasular
  • CPC II: Neurology

 

Outstanding Preceptor for Excellence in Cultural Competency Awards

  • James Hayward, D.O., family medicine, Logan, Ohio
  • Mona Imam, M.D., Ohio Valley Allergy Asthma Center, Marietta, Ohio
  • Charles Wagner, D.O. (’97), internal medicine, Athens, Ohio
  • Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor of endocrinology

 

Osteopathic Mentor Award

·        Raymond Tesner, D.O., orthopedic surgeon, Pickerington, Ohio

 

Family Medicine Award

·        Whitney Crye, OMS II

·        Stephanie Zaugg, OMS II

 

Outstanding Student Award

·        John Balk, OMS I

·        Stephanie Zaugg, OMS II

 

Announcement of Fellows

·        Family Practice: Stephanie Zaugg, OMS II; Whitney Crye, OMS II

·        OMM: Josh Brown, OMS II; Jessica Heintzelman, OMS II

 

Outstanding Basic Science Student

·        Lisa Martorano, OMS II 

 

Student D.O. of the Year

·        Rachel Holt, OMS IV

 

 
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