AACOM Announces 2018 National Student DO of the Year

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) is proud to announce the winner of its 2018 National Student DO of the Year (SDOY): Ashley E. Sam, fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM).

The National SDOY award is presented each year to one osteopathic medical student who demonstrates superior leadership capabilities, robust research experience, and a strong commitment to community service.

Ms. Sam served as RowanSOM's Student Council President, most notably advocating for student well-being through her efforts on the Mental Health Awareness Project. She has elevated osteopathic student voices as a delegate to the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and discussed the practice and future of osteopathic medicine at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates. She currently serves as the National 1st Vice Chair of AACOM's COSGP. In addition to her contributions to osteopathic medicine, Ms. Sam also serves as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

It is through her commitment to leadership and service, as well as her exemplary accomplishments, that Ms. Sam embodies the tenets of osteopathic medicine and the spirit of this national award.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 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.

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