Members of the Osteopathic Community Receive 2013 National Awards


May 9, 2013


Lindsey Jurd
Editor and Communications Associate

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has announced the 2013 recipients of its William D. Miller Award, Robert A. Kistner Award, SOME Innovation in Medical Education Awards, Student DO of the Year Award and the Excellence in Communications Best in Show award. Each award recipient was honored at the Annual AACOM Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26, held during the Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The William D. Miller Award is presented each year on behalf of the AACOM Board of Deans to an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on the advancement of the osteopathic profession. This year’s William D. Miller Award recipient is John B. Crosby, Executive Director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) (at left). Under his more than 15 years of leadership, AOA membership has grown dramatically. Mr. Crosby has also been an active participant in the efforts of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Joint Leadership Committee.

The Robert A. Kistner Award is presented each year, also on behalf of the AACOM Board of Deans, to an individual who has made important contributions throughout his or her career to benefit and support osteopathic medical education. The 2013 recipient of the Robert A. Kistner Award is Matthew Schure, PhD (at left). Since 2000, Dr. Schure has served as President and CEO of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Under his leadership, PCOM founded its Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee, Georgia, in 2004. In addition to his work at PCOM, Dr. Schure has also been a member of AACOM’s Assembly of Presidents.

AACOM’s Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) confers annual Innovation in Medical Education Awards in recognition of specific education innovations that have resulted in meaningful change at the developers’ institutions. The 2013 awardees include Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, Associate Professor for Microbiology/ Immunology at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) for his development of “Use of Case Presentation Exercises in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases to Improve Medical Student Performance on Course Assessments,” and Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, Director of Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), for her development of “Learning by Living: Life Altering Medical Education.”

The National Student DO of the Year Award is presented each year to one osteopathic medical student who demonstrates superior leadership capabilities, robust research experience, a strong commitment to community service and an embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy. This year’s National Student DO of the Year is Amber Hull (at left), a third-year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM-MWU). Ms. Hull has served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Health and Biodefense, focusing on issues related to global health diplomacy, public health, and service delivery systems. She currently serves as the Global Health Representative for the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and is the AOA student-appointed representative to the Bureau of International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs.

Finally, AACOM’s Excellence in Communications Awards are given annually in recognition of the outstanding marketing, media relations, public education, writing and design efforts of AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine. Each year, one entry is selected from all other winning entries to receive the Best in Show distinction. The 2013 Excellence in Communications Best in Show recipient is the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (ACOM) “What If?” campaign.


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 2013-14 academic year these colleges are educating over 23,000 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’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.