LECOM Students Shine at FOMA Conference

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine third-year medical student Benjamin Cox received a $5,000 scholarship from the Osteopathic and Podiatric Foundation of Florida Hospital East Orlando during the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association’s (FOMA) 108th annual conference in Weston, FL.

Benjamin Cox (OMS-3) received a $5,000 scholarship from the Osteopathic and Podiatric Foundation of Florida Hospital East Orlando. Cox is pictured with Florida Hospital East Orlando Director of Medical Education Joseph Allgeier, D.O.

Cox is completing core clinical rotations at the hospital. The Foundation Award is given to students who attend osteopathic medical schools in Florida "in recognition of exemplary academic achievement and leadership."

Scholarship candidates must submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts, a personal statement and curriculum vitae. The Florida Hospital East Orlando scholarship committee reviews all applications.

LECOM Student Government Association President Caroline Davis (OMS-2) received FOMA’s Leadership Award. She received a plaque and a $500 scholarship from FOMA. Kimberly Feltner (OMS-1) received the Advocates for FOMA $250 scholarship.

LECOM alumni were also honored. April Smith-Gonzalez, D.O. (’09) took first place in FOMA’s Resident Research Poster Competition. Dr. Smith-Gonzalez’s poster explained how hypertension medications play a role in the treatment of complicated migraine headaches.

Eda Cristina Abuchaibe, D.O. (’10) claimed second prize in the resident’s competition for the poster describing a missing chromosome in an unusual case of an aortic Sinus of Valsalva rupture.

The conference culminated with the installation of Jeffrey Grove, D.O., of Largo, FL, as FOMA's new president.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

March 2, 2011
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