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January 2023

Jan. 12, 2023: “These 4 Vitamins, Including Vitamin A, are ‘Worthless,’ Says ExpertEat This, Not That
More than 4 in 5 American adults take vitamins, according to research conducted by the American Osteopathic Association. However, only about 24% of those individuals received test results indicating they have a nutritional deficiency. This article explores why some vitamins may not be necessary, and why patients should always seek their health care provider’s recommendations.

Jan. 6, 2023: “Doctor Wearing Pink Mummers Costume Saves Fan’s Life at Eagles Game: ‘Most Philly Thing to Happen’People
While attending an Eagles game in Philadelphia, Vincent Basile, DO, reacted quickly to provide emergency assistance to a fellow sports fan—while decked out in a full mummer’s costume, complete with a pink dress and face paint. This news story also appeared in The DO.

Jan. 1, 2023: “28 Ways To Get Fit Without Even Thinking About It So You Never Have to Dread Getting off the Couch AgainMSN
Looking to jump start your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Sandra Darling, DO, shares a list of small things you can do to get up and moving.

December 2022

Dec. 29, 2022: “What we know about XBB, the new dominant COVID variant in New EnglandMSN
A new coronavirus variant, XBB, has become the dominant form of COVID-19 in the North East, according to CDC data. Several physicians, including Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, assistant dean of research at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Jonesboro, Arkansas campus, shared information on what we currently know about the XBB strain.

Dec. 28, 2022: “The TikTok wellness trends we should and shouldn’t take into 2023, according to expertsCNN
TikTok features a plethora of helpful information, but some of the fitness trends featured on the app could be a gamble when it comes to your health. Niket Sonpal, MD, an adjunct professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses which TikTok trends could be helpful and which could be a detriment to your health.

Dec. 26, 2022: “You’re at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency This Winter, But Getting More of This Mineral May HelpYahoo News
An estimated 40% of adults in the United States are vitamin D deficient. According to information published by the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vitamin D cannot be metabolized effectively if you don’t have sufficient magnesium levels.

Dec. 24, 2022: “Why Are My Feet Always Cold? 9 Reasons Your Toes Are Downright Frigid, According to ExpertsGood Housekeeping
Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, spoke with Good Housekeeping about why an individual may experience frequent cold feet. According to Dr. Rivera-Martinez, cold feel may signal a bigger cardiovascular problem, often times leading to restricted blood flow to limbs.

Dec. 12, 2022: “Here’s the Healthiest Way to Drink Alcohol, According to a DietitianMen’s Health
AOA President Ernest Gelb, DO, spoke with Men’s Health about healthy ways to consume alcohol, such as opting for low-calorie mixers and avoiding drinks overflowing with sugar.

Dec. 8, 2022: “Sore Throat? Doctors Say This One Thing Can Help You Find Relief in SecondsParade
Peter Bidey, DO, MSEd, recently provided tips on potential causes of a sore throat and steps you can take to quickly relive throat pain.

November 2022

Nov. 21, 2022: “Positive Parenting: Viruses, RSV around the holidaysWYTV
With the holidays quickly approaching, Benjamin Brocker, DO, provided tips to help keep families safe from the spread of viruses and RSV.

Nov. 17, 2022: “Indigenous and Black children increasingly experiencing racism, new study showsCNN
The Journal of Osteopathic Medicine published a study that reported that Indigenous and Black parents in the U.S. reported that their children have faced racist experiences. Researchers concluded there was an increase in reported racial incidents experienced by minority children from roughly 6.7% in 2016 to 9.3% by 2020.

Nov. 7, 2022: “Osteopathic manipulative medicine may reduce burnout in health care workersHealio
Osteopathic manipulative medicine can help reduce high levels of stress in health care and reduce anxiety scores, according to research cited by Ryan Schnautz, OMS II, at OMED22, which was covered by Healio. “We wanted to see if this could have an impact in addition to other treatments given, whether it’s mental health counseling, gifts of gratitude or other means,” Schnautz said.

Nov. 4, 2022: “A man went into cardiac arrest on a run. A doctor running nearby saved him. Now, they’re marathon partnersToday
Upon seeing John Harvey, MD, collapse, while on a run in 2019, Sauni Perera, DO, sprang into action to provide life-saving care. After being reivived using a defibrillator and rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, Dr. Harvey learned his collapse was caused by cardiac arrest resulting from a congenital heart condition.

Nov. 3, 2022: “How To Prevent Hearing Loss While Wearing HeadphonesHealth Digest
James E. Foy, DO, a pediatrician from Vallejo, California, was recently quoted in a Health Digest article on headphone safety. Because headphones can reach such high sound levels, one of the safest protocols is to keep the volume down, he says.

October 2022

Oct. 31, 2022: “The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Announces Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as New President”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently named Gregory Greco, DO, FACS, as its new president. Dr. Greco is the first DO to serve in the role and will lead the society for one year.

Oct. 28, 2022: “OSU-COM at Cherokee Nation dean recognized with two national awards” Oklahoma State University
Natasha Bray, DO, will be honored with two prestigious national awards, one highlighting her work as a physician and the other for her work in medical education. Dr. Bray was named Internist of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Internists and as Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

Oct. 17, 2022: “Jason Haxton: ‘The story is Andrew Taylor Still. One man, 130 years ago, with an idea of bringing better health care.’” KBIA
Jason Haxton,  Director of The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T Still University in Kirksville, recently spoke with KBIA about the museum and the legacy of osteopathic medicine in northeast Missouri.

Oct. 14, 2022: “Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine named Apple Distinguished School for second time” Idaho State Journal
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine was recently recognized for the second time as an Apple Distinguished School. This recognition acknowledges the college’s thoughtful incorporation of technology in the classroom and clinical training environments to enhance the way students learn and practice medicine.

Oct. 13, 2022: “Dr. Brian Fiani publishes 100th journal publication at 32” Becker’s Spine Review
Brian Fiani, DO, a neurosurgeon from Livonia, Michigan, recently published his 100th peer-reviewed journal publication at the age of 32.

September 2022

Sept. 7, 2022: “Irregular Sleep Schedules Can Lead to Health Risks” Discover Magazine
A clinical review in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine states that systemic changes in the workplace can play a large role in improving circadian rhythm disorders among shift workers. These adjustments can include ensuring that employees have the same break time every day, modifying shift schedules to ease their burden of sleep debt and decreasing blue light exposure.

Sept. 2, 2022: “Federal Non-profit Security Grant Program Awards $245,000 to Erie Facilities” Erie News Now
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will receive two separate grants equaling $95,000 awarded by the federal Non-Profit Security Grant program. The grants are part of a package of $4.2 million awarded statewide to protect diverse communities targeted by hate crimes.

August 2022

Aug. 31, 2022: “RowanSOM Receives $4.3 million AHEC grant” Rowan University
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant will continue the medical school’s support for the New Jersey Area Health Education Centers that provide training and education for students seeking careers in health professions within underserved areas.

Aug. 29, 2022: “Primary viewpoints episode 18: Why humor can be the best medicine for clinicians” Patient Care
AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, explains why he plans to focus the AOA’s efforts on physician wellness and why humor can be beneficial for clinician burnout.

Aug. 29, 2022: “This virtual reality surgery lab helps train UNT students before they face real Patients” The Dallas Morning News
Osteopathic medical students were given an opportunity to try out the new virtual reality surgery lab located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Students are benefitting from this unique and new form of training, as it allows them to walk-through various scenarios in different settings.

Aug. 27, 2022: “Medical Students Awarded Encova Scholarships” The Register-Herald
Ten osteopathic medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine were recently celebrated as recipients of Encova scholarships. A total of $38,000 was awarded for the 2022-23 academic year, with scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000.

Aug. 15, 2022: “Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives STEM Award” Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its after-school program serving New York City high school students interested in careers in medicine or other health sciences. This year marks the fourth year that TouroCOM has received the award.

Aug. 15, 2022: “Combatting Inappropriate Scope Expansion” Medical Economics
Medical Economics spoke with AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, to discuss how the AOA is working to limit inappropriate scope expansion by non-physician clinicians and why physicians should be the captains of team-based care.

Aug. 10, 2022: “Growth in Osteopathic Medicine” Medical Economics
Medical Economics spoke with AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, to learn about his philosophy of osteopathic medicine, how it affected his career and why the number of medical students who choose osteopathic medicine continues to grow each year.

Aug. 5, 2022: “Buyer Beware: ‘Ironing Out’ the Facts on Vitamins and Supplements” The Gazette
With a booming supplement industry, more than four in five Americans take vitamins or supplements. However, the FDA doesn’t test the effectiveness, safety or quality of supplements or their ingredients.

Aug. 4, 2022: “Number of New Osteopathic Radiologists Far Outpaces New Allopathic Radiologists” Health Imaging
New radiologist DOs have increased significantly compared with MD counterparts, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. According to the article, the study found that between 2014 and 2019, the number of osteopathic radiologists increased by 46.0%, while the number of allopathic radiologists increased by just 12.1%.

Aug. 3, 2022: “Rep. Harshbarger Introduces the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2022” The Rogersville Review
Representatives Diana Harshbarger and Tom O’Halleran introduced the bipartisan Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2022, which improves Medicare reimbursements and enhances the current structure of Medicare-funded graduated medical education programs.

Aug. 3, 2022: “More Than 200 WVSOM Students Aid Local Organizations During Day of Service” The West Virginia Daily News
Day of Service is an annual event in which first- and second-year students at West Virginia’s largest medical school come together to aid community organizations. This year’s event took on July 30 with 204 WVSOM students volunteering at 17 sites throughout Greenbrier County.

Aug. 1, 2022: “William Carey University Welcomes 200 Incoming Medical School Students” WDAM
Over 200 medical students were welcomed into William Carey University, making this the largest osteopathic medical school in the state.

July 2022

July 26, 2022: “‘American Diagnosis’: Two Indigenous Students Share Their Path to Medicine” KHN
In a world where Indigenous physicians are rare, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is working to change the ratio.

July 25, 2022: “West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Sees 99% of Students Matched for Residency Programs” WVVA
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg recently received high marks for student residency placement: 99% of the school’s class of 2022 students successfully placed into residency programs, a 2% increase from last year.

July 22, 2022: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Appoints Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, to National Academic Affiliations Council” American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine recently nominated Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, to serve on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Academic Affiliations Council. Dr. Kowalski is the vice provost for professional and public relations at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus. He was appointed by VA Secretary Denis Richards McDonough.

July 21, 2022: “Brian Palmer Elected to CHC: Creating Healthier Communities’ National Board of Directors” PRWeb
Brian Palmer, DO, was unanimously elected to the CHC: Creating Healthier Communities National Board of Directors. Dr. Palmer is a board-certified osteopathic physician who currently works as an HIV Prevention Medical Specialist at Gilead Sciences.

July 21, 2022: “American Osteopathic Association Installs Ernest R. Gelb, DO, as 126th President” AP News
Ernest R. Gelb, DO, has been installed as the AOA’s 126th president. Dr. Gelb is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family medicine specialist and geriatrician from Lewes, Delaware.

July 19, 2022: “Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Call For Increased Access To Osteopathic Medical Research Benefiting Rural, Underserved Communities”
U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Acting National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak to expand funding opportunities for research in osteopathic medicine. Increasing this focus at NIH would help address health disparities in rural and medically underserved populations.

July 18, 2022: “TikToker Reveals Bizarre Medical Theory About Popular Disney Ride” Yahoo Entertainment
According to a 2016 study, Walt Disney World may have a bizarre solution to kidney stones. Published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (now the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine) and authored by urologist David Wartinger, DO, the study looked at the correlation between riding Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and passing kidney stones faster.

July 8, 2022: “Physicians Balk at ‘Devastating’ Medicare Proposed Pay Cuts” Becker’s ASC Review
Physicians are expressing concerns regarding Medicare’s physician fee schedule proposed rule for 2023. This would reduce the conversion factor by 4.42% to $33.08 and potentially decrease seniors’ access to care. President of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians Christopher Reeder, DO, was one of nine physician leaders to speak out against this change.

July 8, 2022: “Combating A Crisis By Integrating Mental Health Services And Primary Care” Health Affairs
Co-authored by AOA Past President Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, this op-ed examines the vitally important role that frontline physicians play in addressing behavioral health, including mental health and substance use disorders. Primary care physicians should urgently embrace a ”paradigm shift,” and accelerate the adoption of behavioral health integration (BHI) in practices to address this increase in behavioral health issues.

July 5, 2022: “What Is Echinacea? Uses, Forms, Potential Health Benefits and Risks, and More” Everyday Health
Studies indicate use of echinacea could worsen some autoimmune diseases that affect the skin, or cause flares after a long dormant period. There’s evidence that the immunosuppressant effects of some of the medications prescribed for those conditions may be affected by echinacea’s potential immune-stimulating activity, says Alexander Ford, DO, a second-year physician resident at the Cleveland Clinic.

June 2022

June 27, 2022: “Gov. Janet Mills Honors UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine” University of New England
Maine Governor Janet Mills is honoring the contributions of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine by proclaiming June 27 to July 3 to be UNECOM Week in Maine. This week will honor the state’s only medical school as a premier osteopathic medical institution as well as bring awareness to the osteopathic profession.

June 27, 2022: “Meet the First Black Plastic Surgeon to be Formally Fellowship Trained in Transgender Surgery” Black Enterprise
Jude Opoku-Agyeman, DO, is the first black plastic surgeon to be formally fellowship-trained in transgender/gender affirmation surgery. Dr. Opoku-Agyeman is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

June 21, 2022: “What’s in Water? Knowing How to Stay Hydrated This Summer” Newswise
Lucas Couch, DO, explains how often we should drink water and what types of water we should drink this summer to stay cool and hydrated.

June 20, 2022: “NYITCOM’s Meurer receives CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award” Healthcare Journal of Arkansas
Logan Meurer, OMS III, has received the honor of a Distinguished Medical Student Award from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Student Doctor Meurer attends New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. Meurer plans to pursue a career in pathology after completing medical school.

June 9, 2022: “Lead Exposure a Real Risk in NY: How Medical Students are Partnering with Elmira Residents” Star Gazette
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is partnering with Arnot Health, the Economic Opportunity Program and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to provide free lead screening clinics for Head Start children and others. BlueCross BlueShield will provide the funding and the Economic Opportunity Program is offering the space while LECOM provides volunteer family medicine osteopathic medical students.

May 2022

May 29, 2022: “Hunt Foundation Gifts $2 Million to Burrell Medical School” El Paso Inc.
The Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation recently announced a $2 million investment in the Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research to help expand medical innovation and education at the Burrell college. The medical school was founded in 2013 in Las Cruces.

May 26, 2022: “How to Take the Pain Out of Playing Golf with Arthritis”
With 25 million golf players in the United States, many of those players experience arthritis. Luckily, there are many methods that players can adopt that will help them stay in the game, such as warming up properly.

April 2022

April 28, 2022: “The Best Types Of Supplements For Your Health And Performance” Homer News
A recent poll conducted by the AOA found that 86% of Americans take vitamins but only 21% experience a deficiency. There are many supplements and vitamins available, including multivitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and more. This news piece explores the best types of vitamins to increase health and performance. 

April 27, 2022: “Preparing your Child for Spring Sports” CDA Press
David Carfagno, DO, offers tips on preparing for the spring sports season. “The largest contributing factor to adult sports injuries is that adults may not be as agile and resilient as they were when they were younger,” he said. “Injuries can also occur when a person moves from an inactive to a more active lifestyle too quickly.”

April 22, 2022: “National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins” The Southland Journal
National Osteopathic Medicine Week raises awareness of osteopathic medicine and the distinctive care osteopathic physicians provide. As one of the fastest-growing health care professions, DOs are notably increasing in number in specialties such as diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology and psychiatry. 

April 22, 2022: “American Osteopathic Association Celebrates 130th Anniversary” The Crusader
The American Osteopathic Association represents over 168,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students across the country. For 130 years, the AOA has been building on a proud history of providing distinctive, whole-person care. National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week works to raise awareness of the osteopathic profession.

April 19, 2022: “Wicker, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan resolution for National Osteopathic Medicine Week”
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and five Senate colleagues led a bipartisan resolution designating April 18-24, 2022, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and dedication of osteopathic physicians as well as schools of osteopathic medicine nationwide.

April 17, 2022: “Lewisburg Mayor Declares “Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week” The West Virginia Daily News
On April 13, Lewisburg, WV, mayor Beverly White signed a proclamation declaring April 18-24 to be “Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week.” Lewisburg is home to the state’s largest medical school, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

April 1, 2022: “What Is Resveratrol And Why Should You Take It?Health Digest
A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (now the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine) found that resveratrol is a potential treatment for obesity, diabetes and cancer. 

March 2022

March 31, 2022: “Lily Collins Said Her ‘Emily in Paris’ Heels Landed Her at the Podiatrist Every WeekPrestige
According to Sajid A. Surve, DO, “It’s not unusual for people who spend lots of time in high heels to have low back, neck and shoulder pain because the shoes disrupt the natural form of the body.”

March 29, 2022: “Fort Worth’s Osteopathic Medical School Ranks No. 1 in the Nation for Primary CareYahoo
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center ranked first on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of the best medical schools for primary care. The school’s class of 2022 had 55% of its students match in primary care. 

March 25, 2022: “What’s Hiding In Your Vitamin Supplement? The Ingredients to AvoidThe Beet
According to the AOA, 86% of Americans take vitamins or supplements, but it can be difficult to be sure of what exactly is in the supplements, and consumers must be careful when choosing supplements to take. Read about several to find the best supplements, as well as a list of “clean” brands to consider.  

March 21, 2022: “’It’s About Transparency’: Indiana Law Prohibits Misleading Medical Titles” Medscape
Some health care professionals can perform some of the same functions as physicians; however, they are not physicians. These professionals are not MDs or DOs, nor do they have the education and training to present themselves to patients as such. Senate Bill 239, recently signed into law by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, actively works to prevent that from happening. 

March 17, 2022: “Missouri Tried to Fix Its Doctor Shortage. Now the Fix May Need Fixing.” KHN
Assistant physicians are medical school grads who have not yet completed their residency training. In Missouri, proposed legislation would make assistant physicians full licensed doctors. Similar licenses already exist in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Utah, with Virginia considering this legislation as well.

March 8, 2022: “Record Number of DO Students and Graduates Secure Residency Placements Through 2022 NRMP Match” One News Page
Over 7,000 osteopathic medical students and past DO graduates matched into postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency positions through the 2022 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match. This all-time high reflects a nearly 7% increase over 2021 Match Day placements. 



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