ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., March 15, 2021 (Newswire.com) - The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the ACOFP Education and Research Foundation and the Auxiliary to the ACOFP recognized 2021 award winners at the ACOFP 58th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars, March 11-14.
ACOFP award recipients include:
- Bruce C. Brink, Jr., DO, FACOFP | Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year Award
- Joel Feder, DO, FACOFP dist. | Lifetime Achievement Award
- Robert C. DeLuca, DO, FACOFP dist. | Certificate of Special Recognition
- Tejal Patel, DO | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award
- Barbara E. Walker, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP | Outstanding Female Leader Award
- Ira P. Monka, DO, MHA, FACOFP | Excellence in Advocacy Award
- Peter F. Bidey, DO, MSEd, FACOFP | Osteopathic Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award
- Rachel A. Young, DO | New Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year Award
- Carol L. Henwood, DO, FACOFP dist. | Distinguished Service Award
- Stephen L. Legault, MSW | Distinguished Service Award
In addition, the ACOFP Foundation honored David Tyler King, DO, MSEd, with the Sander A. Kushner, DO, FACOFP Memorial Osteopathic Family Medicine Resident Award, as well as the Namey/Burnett Preventative Medicine Writing Award winners, which include:
- First Place: The Importance of Establishing with a PCP Amid a Global Pandemic | Athena Chatzigiannidis, DO; Kendall Harris, DO; and Dustin Beck, DO
- Second Place: Face Masks as a Preventative Measure in the COVID-19 Pandemic | Colleen Maher, OMS-IV
- Third Place: Improving Health by Engaging in Advocacy | Shikha Patel, OMS-IV
Finally, ACOFP and the Auxiliary to the ACOFP recognized Heather Marie McGuire, OMS-IV, as the Marie Wiseman Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year. Seema Mehta, OMS-III, Vikesh Shrestha, OMS-II, and Jasmine Nguyen, OMS-II, received the Emerging Osteopathic Student Leader Awards.
The 2021 class of ACOFP Fellows were recognized during a ceremony on March 12. This honorary designation is bestowed upon candidates who have contributed outstanding national and local service through teaching, authorship, research or professional leadership, while contributing outstanding service in their professional career and family practice duties. The 2021 class of ACOFP Fellows includes:
- Eileen Conaway, DO, FACOFP
- Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP
- Mark Kauffman, DO, MSMEd, FACOFP
- Anthony Leazzo, DO, FAOASM, FACOFP
- Rebecca D. Lewis, DO, FACOFP
- Priscilla Tu, DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FAAMA, FACOFP
- John C. Welch, Jr., DO, FACOFP
- Hallie Y. Zwibel, DO, MPH, FAFP, FACOFP
About the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Founded in 1950, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) represents and supports a community of more than 18,000 practicing and in-training osteopathic family physicians. The ACOFP's mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic family medicine through quality education, visionary leadership and responsible advocacy. The ACOFP empowers its members with education and resources that allow them to adapt to new models of care and quickly changing government policy. For more information, visit www.acofp.org.
About the ACOFP Education and Research Foundation
Founded in 1986, the ACOFP Education and Research Foundation promotes osteopathic family physician leadership, strives to improve public health and advocates for greater awareness of osteopathic family medicine principles and practices. Dedicated to furthering members' goals and ensuring the future of tomorrow's osteopathic leaders, the ACOFP Foundation achieves its objectives by identifying and securing funds from various sources. For more information, visit acofpfoundation.org.
About the Auxiliary to the ACOFP
Spouses and significant others of osteopathic physicians formed the Auxiliary to the ACOFP, promoting and supporting public health and educational activities in national and community health endeavors. For more information, visit acofp.org/auxiliary.