The Power of Discovery

Rung-Chi LiThe power of discovery propelled Rung-chi Li into the world of medicine. 

There is a love for research embedded within the third-year Osteopathic Medical Student at Touro University California (TUC), College of Medicine. In fact, it stems with an admiration for life.

And it is with this curiosity that led him to garner the Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award in 2011, an award that is given to only one person per year and recognizes an osteopathic medical student for an outstanding concept paper pertaining to osteopathic-oriented research. 

The project, “The Study of Individualized Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) Treatment on Acute Mountain Sickness Prevention,” was inspired by Dr. Nathalie Garcia-Russell, Associate Professor of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at TUC and is committed to advancing the science of osteopathic medicine by exploring treatment options for acute mountain sickness. 

“By researching osteopathic medicine in a more scientific way, we will have a common language with others and show the results in a way that people can understand how osteopathic medicine works,” Rung-chi says. 

Study results involving two small pilot groups and performed by Dr. Janet Burns, Associate Professor, College of Medicine at TUC, have not yet been published. However, the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has invited Rung-chi and the research group at Touro University California to submit their findings. 

Rung-chi, now on rotation at NorthBay Healthcare of Solano County in Fairfield, came to Touro with a strong background in research. He received a master’s degree in Toxicology and Cancer Research from the National Taiwan University, a PhD in Pharmacology and Cellular Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. 

Adding to his robust resume, Rung-chi also accrued eleven peer reviewed publications, 20 abstracts, and grant support from the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and most recently, one of five winners for the American College of Physicians 2012 National Medical Student Competition for research abstracts. 

“I’m humble about all of this and I’m just glad the research I’m doing can be recognized by all the associations,” he confesses. “I feel honored I’m doing something that is useful and somehow beneficial. Hopefully, all this research can be applied in medical practices.”