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Looking Forward

BEL Workgroup Updates: April 2023

The AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders represents the interests of osteopathic medical students, residents and new physicians.

By Bureau of Emerging Leaders


The Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) is your direct representation to the American Osteopathic Association, made up of students, residents, fellows, and new physicians in practice. Several workgroups have been formed to serve our members: Advocacy, Communications, Resolutions, and OMED/DO Day Scholarships. Read on for updates on our recent activities.


DO Day is around the corner and registration is open. We have included some of the wins that were made possible by the advocacy efforts of students, resident physicians, and physicians over the last year. Each small action by you makes these large wins possible!

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The Communications Workgroup has been hard at work brainstorming and assembling the Looking Forward newsletter. Our team is excited to share the latest updates on the work being done on behalf of osteopathic medical students, residents and new physicians in practice. We look forward to sharing more with you through our upcoming issues!


It’s hard to believe that DO Day is just around the corner! We are beyond excited to gather later this month with so many student, resident and new physician colleagues to advocate on behalf of the entire osteopathic profession. It’s our pleasure to announce this year’s recipients of the BEL DO Day scholarships: Jorge E. Gutierrez, DO, and Lillian A. Gobrial, DO. Many thanks to the AOA and the American Osteopathic Information Association (AOIA) for their continued support toward ensuring residents and new physicians in practice receive opportunities to participate in this landmark advocacy event each year.

We look forward to offering more scholarship opportunities for future AOA events in the coming year, so if you weren’t able to apply this time make sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events, like OMED 2023!


The Resolutions Workgroup is discussing potential resolutions for the 2023 House of Delegates. We are actively exploring ideas and issues relevant to osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows, and new physicians in practice. We are currently reviewing ideas about the continuation of virtual residency interviews and workplace violence.