KYCOM honors graduates and faculty


Staff Report



PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently held its annual graduation banquet honoring graduates and faculty members.

William Griffin Tucker, D.O., of Campbellsville, received the Dean’s Award. The Dean’s Award is presented to the student whose leadership, humanity and loyalty to the profession exemplify the ideals, mission and goals of KYCOM.

Matthew Jay Boeve, D.O., of Holland, Mich., received the John A. Strosnider, D.O., Memorial Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a KYCOM graduate who exemplifies Strosnider’s commitment to family medicine and his love and dedication to osteopathic medicine and the osteopathic profession. Strosnider served as founding dean of KYCOM and president of the American Osteopathic Association from 2006-2007. John Michael Mayo, D.O., of Pikeville, received the James E. Campbell, D.O., Award. The award is presented by the James E. Campbell Education Fund to a deserving KYCOM graduate from the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Kayla M. Damron, D.O., of Jenkins, received the Stephen M. Payson, M.S., Memorial Scholarship Award, presented to a graduate from the Appalachian region who exemplifies Payson’s commitment to the mission of KYCOM and the promotion of the osteopathic profession. The awards were presented by Boyd R. Buser, D.O., FACOFP, vice president for health affairs and dean of KYCOM.

Jonathan Michael Shaffer, D.O., of Milwaukee, Wis., received the President’s Award. The President’s Award recognizes the student who has demonstrated clinical excellence, earning the highest average score on clinical rotations and was presented by University of Pikeville President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D.

Ashley M. Jaglowicz, D.O., of Lebanon, received the Board of Trustees Award which is presented for academic excellence to the student earning the highest grade point average during the first two years of medical school. The award was presented by Terry Dotson, chairman of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees.

Olivia Joyce Rompala, D.O., of Mesa, Ariz., was the recipient of the The Muniramiah Krishnamurthy, M.D., Award. The award recognizes excellence in internal medicine and was presented by Ambika Krishnamurthy, D.O., a KYCOM alumna.

Char-Leigh Craft Arnold, D.O., of Whitesburg, received the Mr. Dharam Pal Kashyap Award for excellence in pediatrics. The award was presented by Seema Sachdeva, M.D., vice chair, division of pediatrics at KYCOM.

Christine Louise Kositz, D.O., of Severna Park, Md., received the Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award. The award was sponsored by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and awarded for excellence in emergency medicine. The award was presented by William T. Betz, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, dist., senior associate dean for osteopathic medical education at KYCOM.

Matthew Jay Boeve, D.O., of Holland, Mich., Rachel Lynn Coggins, D.O., of Midlothian, Va., John Michael Mayo, D.O., of Pikeville, and Lisa Katherine Theobald Shanahan, D.O., of Roswell, Ga., received the Ram’s Head Award. The awards were presented by Laura Griffin, D.O., FAAO, associate professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) and chair of the department of OPP, for the Fellowship Program in recognition of outstanding achievements in OPP.

Clinical Excellence in Medical Education Awards were presented to Amanda Chism, M.D., of Elizabethtown, Dirck Curry, D.O., of Owensboro, Holly Gallion, M.D., and Bill Harris, M.D., of Pikeville, Byram Ratliff, M.D., of Morehead, Anthony Yonts, D.O., of Hazard, Kiro Yun, M.D., of Elizabethtown, and Adam Zeigler, D.O., of Morehead. Nominated by students, the awards were presented to physicians who served as outstanding role models, provided excellent clinical education and demonstrated professionalism in the art and science of medicine.

Joseph G. Weigel, M.D., of Somerset, received the Clinical Medical Educator of the Year Award, presented to the clinical preceptor who has served with distinction in and dedication to medical education for the students of KYCOM.

Lisa Katherine Theobald Shanahan, D.O., was named Student D.O. of the Year. The Student D.O. of the Year award is presented by the Council of Student Government Presidents to the student who best exemplifies the ideal qualities of an osteopathic medical student. The award is based on service to the school, the community and osteopathic medicine.

Chelsea Mayo received the Donna Jones Moritsugu Award which recognizes the spouse of a graduating student who best exemplifies the role of a professional’s partner who is supportive of mate, family and profession. Her husband, John Michael Mayo, is a member of the KYCOM class of 2016.

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