NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

The call for nominations is currently closed. 

The next call for nominations will open in March 2022. 

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in their field. Supported through an endowment from the American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Foundation, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

The Osteopathic Medicine Fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >> 

Current Fellow

Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS

Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS

2018-2020 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

Dr. Michelle Kvalsund is a clinical neurophysiologist and neuroepidemiologist with special interest in tropical neurology and global health. Her research focuses on intersections between nutrition, infectious disease, and neurologic health and disease in resource-limited settings. As an assistant professor of neurology and director of adult global neurology initiatives within the Michigan State University Department of Neurology’s International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program, Dr. Kvalsund spends 9-months annually in Lusaka, Zambia where she is principal investigator for the “Research on Assessments of Vitamin B12 and Evaluation of Neuropathy Study” (RAVENS) study. In detailing preventable nutritional and toxico-nutritional neurologic morbidity in resource-limiting settings, her research has important potential public health and health policy implications relating to food production and storage, nutritional supplementation, as well as national and HIV formulary guidelines in resource-limited settings. Dr. Kvalsund also holds an adjunct appointment as an honorary lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine and participates in clinical educational activities with medical students and post-graduates, holds a weekly general neurology clinic and conducts inpatient consultations at the University Teaching Hospital. She is also the director of the electromyography division of the University Teaching Hospital electrodiagnostic laboratory.

Past Fellows

Jennie H. Kwon, DO

Jennie H. Kwon, DO

2016-2018 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

Creagh Milford, DO, MPH

Creagh Milford, DO, MPH

2014-2016 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

Program Description

The NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine will be awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Services
  • Health Sciences Policy
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.

This experience will introduce the NAM Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. Each fellow will be assigned to a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each NAM Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.


Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM, the Trustees of the AOA, the Board of Deans of the AACOM, or the Board of Directors of the AOF
  • Must hold a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Within the first two-to-seven years after completion of postgraduate work
  • Supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair
  • U.S. citizen or permanent residency status at the time of the nomination


Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to nominees who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, the committee will consider:

  • Professional qualifications
  • Professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM


Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at  and will include the following documents:

  • Nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the Trustees of the AOA, the Board of Deans of the AACOM, or the Board of Directors of the AOF
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Supporting letter from department chair
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio



Fellowships will be awarded in even years.

  • March 2 | Call for nominations
  • June 1 | Nomination packets due
  • Mid-July | Awardee notified
  • October | Introduction to NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting and Fellow Orientation Week at the NAM


Program Administration

Nomination packets and inquiries about the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine should be directed to:

Gregg Margolis, PhD
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

The NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine is supported through an endowment from the American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Foundation.

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