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Blog » Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Female Advocates Who Inspire Us

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Female Advocates Who Inspire Us

March 6, 2020

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations

March is Women’s History Month, and ED to MED is celebrating by honoring and highlighting female advocates and leaders who show their passion for grassroots advocacy and the health professions education community every day. From helping fellow students succeed academically, to leading by example at conferences and Hill visits, we’re excited to kick off this month by recognizing the accomplishments of these remarkable women. Members of AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) contributed the following messages about the female advocates, leaders, and role models they look up to and admire. 

A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way 

“One inspiring advocate that immediately comes to mind is Anneke Bulthuis, a second-year student at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I spent AACOM’s 2019 COM Day on Capitol Hill with her. She’s truly remarkable! Kind and passionate about osteopathic and human rights advocacy. Since our time talking with our legislative representatives, she has continued to check up on me and make sure I’m doing well in school and in life.”

– Sarah Lowen, OMS-II, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus 

(l-r) Anneke Bulthuis; Sarah Lowen










Her Passion for Health Care 

“I want to shout out Aubrey Ingram, OMS-II from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. Her passion for health care and helping those in need is truly inspiring. Even in her current role as a medical student she uses her voice to be a leader and advocate to create lasting change that will help future colleagues, medical students, and patients alike.”

–  Paul Creger, OMS-II, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

(l-r) Paul Creger; Aubrey Ingram













Ending Stigma and Lending a Hand 

“Nicolet Finger, OMS-IV at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth / Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is someone I look up to as a fierce advocate of medicine in my life. She is constantly serving her peers by changing the culture and stigma around mental health, being vulnerable and transparent about her failures and successes, and by drawing out roadmaps or sharing/creating resources to help others succeed.”

– Hadia Aziz, OMS-II, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth / Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

(l-r) Hadia Aziz; Nicolet Finger













Paving the Way

“I have had the amazing pleasure of receiving mentorship from Dr. Linda Delo. She is a solo private practice owner and somehow manages to find time to mentor students in medicine and health policy. She has served as a Past President for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and is still an active Board of Trustees Member. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Society American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians as their Immediate Past President! She has inspired me to follow my dreams in medicine while continuing to be an advocate for the osteopathic profession.”

– Sara Lohbauer, OMS-III, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, National Parliamentarian, COSGP

(l-r) Sara Lohbauer; Dr. Linda Delo













Keeping it in the Family

“My stepmom, Sandra (Norby), ran for president (and won!!) of the American Physical Therapy Association private practice sector a few years back. I didn’t realize the importance of what she was doing until I had my own small opportunities in advocacy with COSGP, but now as she comes close to the end of her term, it’s been quite the honor to see her in her element at some of their annual conferences.”

– Skyler Hill-Norby, OMS-III, Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, National Secretary, COSGP

Skyler Hill-Norby (middle); Sandra Norby (right)














Example of Leadership

“I am constantly inspired by Karen Nichols, DO, MA. She is a dynamic leader, a spectacular speaker, and one of the finest advocates for osteopathic medicine—and medicine at large—that our profession has produced. We are lucky to have an individual like her leading health care forward. Keep up the wonderful work Dr. Nichols!”

– Samuel Zarbock, OMS-III, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Utah, National Chair, COSGP

Dr. Karen Nichols, DO, MA, Past President of the American Osteopathic Association, Chair Elect of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and Past Dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (2nd from left); Samuel Zarbock (far right)



















Driven to Inspire Others

“Lana Wang, OMS-II at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest, serves as her class Student Government Association Vice-President, President of the Pomona Homeless Outreach Program, and Treasurer of the student-branch of her state society, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California. Much of her drive to serve in leadership positions stems from her desire to inspire young women to enter medicine and feel empowered to be the change they would like to see.”

– Mario Gaddini, OMS-II, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest

(l-r) Lana Wang; Mario Gaddini













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