Touro's 2015 Student Doctor of the Year: Elaine Ho

Elaine HoTouro University California (TUC) is excited to announce that Student Doctor Elaine Ho, DO, Class of 2016, has been announced as Touro's 2015 Student Doctor of the Year!

"Throughout her career at Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Elaine has demonstrated commitment to osteopathic medicine and the embodiment of the DO philosophy," Student Doctor Matea Orlovic at TUC said, who is also the Chair of the Student of the Year Selection Committee. "As a result she became our unanimous choice for Student Doctor of the Year on campus.

Her outstanding academic achievements, professionalism, leadership status, and contribution to community service qualify her as an exceptional candidate for the National DO of the Year award."

The Student Doctor of the Year Award (SDOY) is an award presented annually by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), a council of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), to students who go above and beyond the average osteopathic medical student. Each College of Osteopathic Medicine selects a SDOY and these school winners will go on to compete for the National SDOY Award. The National SDOY will be announced at the AACOM Annual Meeting in April 2016 and will be the recipient of a $1,000 monetary award.

"Elaine was elected by her peers to serve as the national student chapter secretary at the national ACOFP meeting in Philadelphia in 2014; this position came with the start of Elaine's core rotations in clinical medicine," Alesia J. Wagner, DO, FACOFP, of Touro University California, said. "She maintained her academic standing while continuing to serve her profession and her peers."

Elaine's peers and faculty members nominated her because of her outstanding academic achievements, professionalism, leadership, contribution to community service and commitment to osteopathic medicine.

She served on local, state, and national leadership positions, from President of the Touro University California SAACOFP Chapter, ACOFP California State Society Student Delegate for Congress, to National President and Secretary for the National Student Executive Board of ACOFP. Her passion has led to her promoting student involvement and leadership, including initiating National Student Committees under SAACOFP for students to contribute. She also served on the Leadership Panel at the National Osteopathic Student Caucus.

Elaine has been actively involved in serving her community during medical school, including participating in health fairs, practicing Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Berkeley Suitcase Clinic, teaching muscle energy stretching to local homeless population. Under Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, she held a talent show for nursing home residents and organized a bone marrow donation event. Elaine also taught Tai Chi to her fellow students and is a National Health Service Corps Scholar. Her goals are to help underserved communities after graduation.

As part of the Touro University Global Health Program, she participated in an international rotation in Taiwan. During that time, she helped establish a relationship between Touro and Kwan-Shan Tzu Chi Hospital so her peers can also have a rural medicine experience.

Prior to Touro California, Elaine earned a bachelor's degree in physiological science from UCLA, graduated with college honors, and received the Chancellor's Service Award for her dedication to community service.

The selection committee consisted of TUC's College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Clearfield, Dr. Mitch Hiserote, Dr. Athena Lin, Dr. Walter Hartwig, and Dr. Alesia Wagner, along with Student Doctors Matea Orlovic, Stanley Cheng, OMS II and Kris Chin, OMS I, who submitted a letter of recommendation to the National SDOY committee.