Resident of the Year

Purpose
The MOA Outstanding Resident of the Year Award was established to recognize and honor outstanding osteopathic residents from Michigan who go above and beyond to bring a sense of pride to the profession by exhibiting the exemplary characteristics of an osteopathic physician.

Award Information and Announcement
One recipient will be presented with the $1,000 award during the MOA’s House of Delegates, which is held annually during the Spring Scientific Convention, in May. The recipient will be notified by April 15, so travel arrangements may be made and high resolution photograph may be obtained for use in announcing the award recipient.

Eligibility Criteria
Osteopathic physicians, currently in their third through their last year of an AOA-approved residency program, are eligible to be nominated by their program residency director. One nomination per residency program will be accepted.

Nomination requirements and process
Nominations must be received by April 1, 2019.
To submit a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form using the link below. 

Resident of the Year Nomination form

If you have any questions, please contact:
Janna Ruedisale
517.347.1555 Ext. 108
Email

 


Past Winners

2018: ERIK WEITZ, DO

Dr. Weitz earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Weitz is currently completing his residency in Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital Troy and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for MSUCOM. Throughout his residency, Dr. Weitz has focused on making teaching and evidence-based medicine a core part of his medical training. He continues to volunteer in different teaching capacities and create programs to better engage the next generation of osteopathic doctors.

2017: KYLE MARTIN, DO, MPH

Dr. Martin earned both his undergraduate and masters degrees from Michigan State University. He then earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Martin is currently completing his residency is Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and has served at the program’s chief resident since July 2016. Since the age of 12, Dr. Martin has traveled to Haiti providing aid to underserved populations. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Martin has continued traveling internationally providing medical care and research.

2016: JOE GORZ, DO

Dr. Gorz earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and obtained his medical degree from MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently is a third-year Family Medicine Resident at McLaren Oakland. Over the last 7 years, Dr. Gorz was also in a leadership position coordinating medical students from Michigan State University on annual medical missions to Peru. During these trips, Dr. Gorz has helped facilitate the treatment of over 11,000 patients and provided over $1.2 million dollars in medications and medical supplies to Peruvians.

2015: EMILY BURK, DO

Dr. Burk attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree and Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2012. She currently serves as Chief Resident at Detroit Medical Center in a program with 17 medicine residents and seven transitional year interns.

2014: ISLA ITTNER, DO

Dr. Ittner earned her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ittner is currently completing her Residency at St. John Providence Health System in Southfield, Mich. For the past year, she has served as the residency program’s Chief Resident and Resident Director of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

2013: LYNN WILSON, DO

Dr. Wilson earned her Bachelor of Science from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilson is currently completing her residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Mich. For the past year, she has served as the residency program’s Chief Resident. Her other leadership roles have included the member of the MOA’s Intern-Resident Committee, Resident Director of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and many more.

2012: LEAH CECIL, DO

Dr. Cecil earned her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University Lyman Briggs School and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cecil is currently completing her Residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich. For the past year, she has served as the residency program’s Chief Resident. Her other leadership roles have included the Resident Director of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, President of the Michigan Osteopathic Student Society, President of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and an Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Assistant.