2015 Student DO of the Year

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents is honored to announce Danielle Maholtz as the 2015 National Student DO of the Year!

Ms. Maholtz has shown true dedication to the osteopathic profession. She has maintained an active presence within the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association, the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, and within her own institution, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A strong theme throughout Danielle Maholtz’s application was dedication to strengthening the osteopathic identity. During her time at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she served as the SGA Vice President and the DO Council Class Representative. She assisted her school with student interviews, represented student opinion on curriculum committees, and planned numerous events, such as the Match Day Celebration and First Year Orientation.

On a national level, Ms. Maholtz served the AOA by contributing to discussions surrounding the AOA’s Strategic Plan and served on the AOA’s Student Nominations Committee by recommending students for the various Bureaus, Councils, and Committees. She attended the House of Delegates as an Alternate Delegate for the Philadelphia Osteopathic Medical Association. She currently serves as the Medical Education Representative for the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents after a year term as the Second Vice Chair. Danielle Maholtz also leads as the Operations Chair in Omega Beta Iota, the political action honor society.

Outside her many leadership roles, Danielle has dedicated herself to community service and research. She is currently collecting data on the differences in education at osteopathic medical schools and data about COMLEX Level 1 and 2. She is a fourth year osteopathic all-star student, pursuing a career in pediatrics. She leads by supreme example in all her endeavors and we are excited to see what the future has in store for her. She will undoubtedly continue to inspire us all! She was chosen by the national selection committee as she is a strong candidate in every category: leadership, community service, dedication to osteopathic medicine, and professionalism. It is her unbridled activism and support for fellow students that clearly sets her apart.

Danielle Maholtz, OMS-IV
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine