For our 4th and final Osteopathic Medicine Month episode, we had the pleasure to host Student Doctor Edith Waskel, OMS-IV, and Student Doctor Edward Ng, OMS-IV, MS. Edie and Ed are current fourth year osteopathic medical students and soon-to-be graduates of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WU-COMP) in Pomona, California. Successfully beating the odds and couples matching to the University of Illinois-Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency program, they will begin their physician journey as emergency medicine interns this July.
Connected to the mind, body, spirit approach of osteopathic medicine, a career as an osteopathic physician was a natural choice for Edie. As she entered medical school, she quickly recognized her passion for healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy and entered into leadership roles within the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) – currently serving as the student representative on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees. In this position, Edie has worked alongside Kevin Klauer, D.O., EJD, current CEO of the AOA, to help eliminate any remaining osteopathic medical student discrimination students may have encountered when applying to away rotations and residencies – a huge success for the osteopathic profession. Additionally, enthusiastic about social medicine, she has also served as the National SOMA Community Outreach Director and on the SOMA Resolutions Committee to help amplify the osteopathic medical student voice.
Also aligning with his healthcare philosophy, Ed chose to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician over the allopathic route – with a bonus that WU-COMP was close to home. As a first generation American and college student, Ed’s connection to medicine grew from his humble roots and desire to serve others. Like Edie, Ed chose to pursue medical school leadership positions focused on healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy. As a medical student, Ed served on the American Association of Osteopathic Medicine’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents – overseeing the Mental Health Awareness Task Force. In this position, he helped to organize the Osteopathic Medical Student Day of Wellness dedicated to bringing recognition to the mental health challenges medical students face and stopping the stigma associated with mental health. Similarly to Edie, he also worked to pass osteopathic medical policy, to help further and better the profession, as an alternate voting delegate at the 2019 American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates.
As they enter into the next stage of their osteopathic medical career, Edie and Ed are excited for their future together as emergency medicine residents in Chicago, IL – and hopefully, with a puppy. Tune in to learn more about their experience with the NRMP couple’s match, healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy, and their advice for students pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine.
Edited by Nicholas Buskill