National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine  was initiated in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the NAM's establishment. Through the support of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), the Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine was established is now accepting nominations. (See Nomination Process below.)

The overall purpose of the Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine Program is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

The Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine will be awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a board of the Academies.

The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.

This experience will introduce the Anniversary Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. Each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each Anniversary Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

Nomination Process

AACOM is now actively seeking candidate nominations for those individuals who qualify for this program in order to participate in an evaluation process of those nominees by the three funding organizations: AACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF). These organizations are working to fund and sustain this program and will participate in the final nomination process.

Please note that nominees must have a DO degree and be the early stages of their osteopathic academic careers. Eligibility for the program is limited to those between two and seven years out of their postgraduate training.

Candidates seeking to participate in this evaluation process must submit their completed application packet to their official nominator (see below). The nominator will then submit this complete application directly to AACOM no later than May 24, 2016 via email to A complete application must include:

  • Nomination letter from a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association, the Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, or the Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Foundation
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Supporting letter from Department Chair
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief, one-page biography

Once this completed application packet is received, AACOM, AOA, and AOF will verify, compile, and forward application materials to NAM for final consideration. The following details are important to consider as you begin thinking about possible nominees and to further familiarize yourself with the NAM guidelines:

  • The Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period, during which time the Fellow is expected to continue working at his/her main academic post;
  • Each Fellow is assigned to an NAM member, who will serve as a senior mentor for the duration of the Fellowship;
  • Fellowships require a commitment of 10-20% time for the successful candidate;
  • Questions about the nomination and selection process should be directed to Marie Michnich, Director of Health Policy Educational Program and Fellowships, at 202-334-1506, or via email at

For further information or questions, please contact Luke Mortensen, AACOM Vice President and Chair, Medical Education, at, 301-968-4143.