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Mesa Student Elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

Aug. 5, 2014

(CHICAGO)— Alice I-Chi Chen, an osteopathic medical student at the A.T. Still University- School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA) in Mesa, Arizona, was elected to the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Board of Trustees as the student representative during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.
The AOA is the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.

“There are many exciting changes in the osteopathic medical profession now that directly affect future physicians,” says Chen. “I look forward to representing the voice of my fellow osteopathic medical students on the AOA Board of Trustees.”

As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Chen earned her bachelor’s degree in physiological science from University of California, Los Angeles.  As a member of the ATSU-SOMA Class of 2015, she is a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi Upsilon Honor Society and the Omega Beta Iota National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society.

Honors and Professional Affiliations
In 2014, Chen was one of four osteopathic medical students to be awarded the A.T. Still Memorial Scholarship by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and in 2013, she was named as the ATSU-SOMA Student DO of the Year by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Chen was also a recipient of a scholarship from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) in 2012.

Aside from her studies, Chen served as a pre-doctoral osteopathic teaching fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Osteopathic Principles and Practices at ATSU-SOMA. She has also been actively involved in the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and the Student Association of the ACOFP at the school and national leadership level. 
About the House of Delegates
The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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