Student DO of the Year


(SDOY 2018)

Lauren Fleig has made community service to her peers and the Middletown community a priority during her time at TouroCOM Middletown. Her academic achievements, professionalism, leadership status, and contribution to community service made her the clear choice for this year’s TouroCOM Middletown 2018-2019 Student DO of the Year.

Lauren, originally from Pennsylvania, began her medical school journey taking night classes for her post-baccalaureate as she worked as a social worker for senior citizens. In between complicated social work cases she would study her MCAT prep flashcards. It is evident that hard work and passion precedes all her achievements, which will make her a well-rounded osteopathic physician.

During her three years at TouroCOM, Lauren has served in numerous leadership positions, including Parliamentarian of the Student Government Association, Student Ambassador for interviewees, and Chief Medical Student for Orange Regional Medical Center. She has received many awards including Most Helpful Student, as well as the Tony Danza Community Service Award. She has not only organized, but participated in, a number of events that promoted osteopathic medicine and community health including yearly community health fairs, and the student run health clinic at HONOR; a local shelter for the homeless.

Lauren’s plans to one day practice Family Medicine in an underserved area. Her personality, collaborative spirit, humility, and ability to put students, faculty (and one day patients) at ease with her friendly demeanor is definitely a strong, and unique characteristic. There is no doubt she will become an outstanding osteopathic physician and is well deserving of the 2018-2019 TouroCOM Middletown Student DO of the Year.

Stephen C. Jones, Ph.D., Preclinical Dean

On behalf of the SDOY Selection Committee

Every year, the TouroCOM Middletown student and faculty send in nominations for students they think deserve to be the Student DO of the year, as part of an initiative by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). Each nominee completes an application and the final winner is chosen by committee. The winner goes on to compete at the national level for Student DO of the Year which often includes a cash prize.

The Student DO of the Year (SDOY) Award Recipient:

    1. Must be a full time student at a College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2. Cannot be a previous school or national Student DO of the Year recipient
    3. Represents the following ideals and values:
        • Leadership
        • Commitment to Community Service
        • Dedication to the Profession
        • Professionalism
        • Embodies the Osteopathic Philosophy

Does this remind you of anyone?

Submit a nomination here. Nominations close October 12th 2018 at 11:59 PM.