Rachel Thomas ’08, who was quite a leader during her Georgetown years, recently was named “Student DO of the Year” at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) at the University of Pikeville. Every osteopathic medical school in the country selects one student for DO ( doctor of osteopathic medicine) award and all winners are reviewed by a national committee that then selects an overall winner.
Rachel’s contemporaries at GC will remember that she served as Association of Georgetown Students (now SGA) president in 2006 as a sophomore and then as her Senior Class President. The Elizabethtown native was also named one of two Outstanding Student Leader award winners in 2008.
She continued her leadership ways at KYCOM, serving as the school’s SGA president in her second year. That year she was also a member of the COSGP (Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents) which is a national council of all the SGA presidents from all the osteopathic schools. After that she stayed involved by serving as the student representative on the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Membership. “It is a way for me to stay informed and to remain involved in the profession on a national level,” she wrote.
She continued, “I was very honored to be named the ‘Student DO of the Year’ at KYCOM. I care a lot about the institution that has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. I will continue to stay involved in furthering my profession and look forward to a fulfilling career of serving others.
Rachel would like for all Tigers to know that Cindy Demastes, GC Class of 2006, won KYCOM’s “Student DO of the Year” award last year and that she served as the osteopathic school’s SGA president the year before Rachel did.
This is Rachel’s fourth, and final, year at KYCOM, graduating in May. But, first, on “match day” in March, she will learn where she will do her pediatric residency program.