Institute of Medicine Awards DO with Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

October 24, 2014

Lisa Cole, MBA  
Vice President of Communications and Marketing

On Monday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) named Creagh E. Milford, DO, MPH, as the recipient of the first-ever Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine. As the newest addition to the IOM Anniversary Fellows Program, this award was created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of IOM’s founding.

"It is an honor to be selected as the first Anniversary Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine," Dr. Milford said. "I look forward to learning from the IOM over the next two years and making a positive contribution given my interests in health policy and my efforts to date at MGH.  I am grateful for the strong support of the IOM, AOA, and AACOM to provide opportunities for early career physicians to participate in crafting national health policy."

Dr. Milford earned his bachelors degree (BA) from the University of Colorado, his medical degree (DO) from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU), and his Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Care Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). He served in AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program after his first year of medical school in 2005. Dr. Milford is now a staff physician practicing internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), serves as an Associate Medical Director for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare, and works as an Assistant Medical Director at the Massachusetts General Physician Organization (MGPO).

Awarded for a two-year period, the Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine provides Dr. Milford with a research stipend of $25,000. It enables talented, early career health policy or health science scholars to participate in the work of the IOM and advance their careers as future leaders in the field through hands-on experience.

Fellows are expected to continue working at their main academic post and are assigned to a board of the IOM. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend IOM meetings, contribute to the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, participate in the IOM Annual Meeting, or engage in a one-week orientation to health policy in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the purpose of the Anniversary Osteopathic Medicine Fellowship here, and go here for an overview of the IOM’s Anniversary Fellows.



The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.  These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2014-15 academic year these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians – more than 20 percent of US medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 24 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.