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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 Winter 2024 issue of the Looking Forward BEL newsletter.


Empowering students & physicians in the realm of wellness

Enjoy this Q&A with Alexandra (Pentel) Lawlor, OMS III, who created a resource aimed at ending the stigma around mental illness.

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DO Day scholarship & advocacy opportunities

This year’s DO Day is just around the corner, offering opportunities for both virtual and in-person participation. Learn how you can get involved!

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DO Day: Advocacy from the student perspective

Learn the ropes of attending DO Day from two current osteopathic medical students who have experienced the event first-hand.

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BEL members, scholarship recipients gather at OMED

Learn how members of the BEL made an impact at OMED23, which took place last October in Orlando.

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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.

Sarah J. Wolff, DO

Sarah J. Wolff, DO, currently serves as the AOA’s New Physician in Practice member. She is the current chair of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders and serves as the Director of Clinical Curriculum and Assistant Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon.
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Maria D. Jones, DO

Maria Jones, DO, currently serves as the Postdoctoral Trainee member of the AOA Board of Trustees. She is a current PGY-2 in combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at ChristianaCare in Newark, Delaware. She graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2021.
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Caelin Smith, OMS III

Caelin Smith, OMS III, currently serves as the student member representative on the AOA Board of Trustees. She is a third-year osteopathic medical student attending Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia. Student Doctor Smith represents the voice of the osteopathic medical student community and serves as the student representative on the AOA’s Public Relations Committee.
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Kevin V. de Regnier, DO

Dr. de Regnier is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family physician who currently serves as the Chair of the AOA Membership department, which oversees the Bureau of Emerging Leaders. He is in private practice with Madison County Medical Associates of Winterset, Iowa, and is a distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
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