|LECOM Bradenton third-year medical student Alicia Bamberg was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Osteopathic and Podiatric Foundation of East Orlando. Bamberg is pictured with FOMA President Anna Z. Hayden, D.O.|
LECOM Bradenton students and faculty members were honored at the 106th annual Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA) conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Third-year osteopathic medical student Alicia Bamberg earned the top award – a $5,000 scholarship from the Osteopathic and Podiatric Foundation of East Orlando Hospital – presented at the conference luncheon at Hyatt Pier 66.
The Foundation Award is given to students who attend osteopathic medical schools in Florida "in recognition of exemplary academic achievement and leadership." The Florida Hospital East Orlando scholarship committee reviewed her resume, two letters for recommendation, a personal statement and transcripts before choosing her as the top Florida osteopathic medical student
“I was thrilled when I found out I won, what a blessing,” Bamberg said. The Miami, Florida student is finishing her core rotations at Florida Hospital East Orlando.
LECOM Bradenton fourth-year medical student Morganna Freeman received the $250 Advocates to FOMA (AFOMA) Believes in You! Scholarship.
|LECOM Bradenton FOMA Award winners: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert George, D.O., Christy Nolan (OMS-III) and Nicholas Kotch (OMS-II)|
Freeman created a student board member position in the Manatee County Medical Society so that LECOM Bradenton could be involved in political issues affecting present and future physicians.
American Osteopathic Association President and LECOM faculty member Carlo J. DiMarco, D.O. gave the keynote luncheon address.
More honors were bestowed at FOMA’s President-Elect Inaugural Banquet. Nicholas Kotch (OMS-II) received a $500 scholarship and the Presidents’ Award for his dedication and commitment to following the principles of osteopathic medicine. Christy Nolan (OMS-III) was the recipient of FOMA’s Legislation Award and a $200 scholarship.
Robert George, D.O., assistant dean of academic affairs for LECOM Bradenton was awarded FOMA’s Presidential Achievement Award.
The evening culminated with the installation of Robert G. Blackburn, D.O., of Spring Hill, Fla., as FOMA’s new President.