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Looking Forward

Voice of the future

News from the Bureau of Emerging Leaders

The BEL represents the interests of osteopathic medical students, resident physicians, fellows and new physicians in practice.

The American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) is the representative body and advocate for all osteopathic medical students, osteopathic physicians in postdoctoral training, and early career osteopathic physicians.

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View updates below from the Summer 2023 issue of the Looking Forward BEL newsletter.

The impact of resolutions

We recently chatted with three individuals at different stages of their careers to learn more about the policymaking process and how getting involved can influence the future of the osteopathic profession.

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Resolutions workgroup preps for HOD

In addition to drafting resolutions, the BEL Resolutions workgroup reviews resolutions submitted for AOA House of Delegates (HOD) discussion and determines which resolutions will be discussed at the BEL Caucus.

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My AOA mobile app connection

Thank you to everyone who participated in our AOA App discussion board posts from the last edition of our newsletter. Check out highlights from recent discussions.

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BEL Workgroup Updates

BEL members represent the your interests on a wide variety of topics, including Advocacy, Communications, Resolutions and Scholarships

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Meet your BOT representatives

The following BEL members represent osteopathic medical students, residents and new physicians on the AOA Board of Trustees.

M. Anjali James, OMS IV

Student Doctor James is currently a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine and currently serves as the AOA Board of Trustees student delegate. In this role, she provides a vote on behalf of osteopathic students across the country to ensure their voices are heard by the AOA Executive Board. Learn more.

Brian Fiani, DO

Brian Fiani, DO, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and completed an Ivy League fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Fiani serves as the Postdoctoral Trainee Member on the AOA’s Board of Trustees. He proudly practices in Michigan. Dr. Fiani serves as the Vice Chair of the Bureau of Emerging Leaders for the AOA. Learn more.

Selena Raines, DO

Dr. Raines is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family physician who serves as the Associate Program Director and Director of Osteopathic Education for the University of Kentucky Rural (Morehead) Family Medicine Residency Program. She is also a clinical preceptor for students from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Learn more.

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO

Sonia Rivera Martinez, DODr. Rivera-Martinez is an AOA board-certified family physician who currently serves as the Chair of the AOA Membership department, which oversees the Bureau of Emerging Leaders. She serves as an associate professor of family medicine at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York, and is an avid advocate for the osteopathic medical profession at the local, state and federal levels. Learn more.


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