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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 October 2022 issue of the Looking Forward BEL newsletter.

The road to mentorship

Cameron T. Bubar, DO, MPH, describes the transition from being a mentee to a mentor as a natural progression in life for most physicians.

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HOD resolutions impacting students, residents and new physicians in practice

View a listing of policies that were adopted during the July 2022 AOA House of Delegates Meeting in Chicago.

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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

Dr. Fiani currently serves as the Postdoctoral Trainee Member on the AOA’s Board of Trustees and the Vice Chair of the Bureau of Emerging Leaders. He is a fellow in minimally invasive spine surgery and an attending neurosurgeon and an instructor in neurological surgery. He serves on the Spine Political Action Advisory Committee and Early Career Advisory Council for the North American Spine Society. 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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