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 of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) and to further their careers as future leaders in their field. Supported through an endowment from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

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

Current Fellow

Julieanne P. Sees, DO, FAAOS, FAOAO, FAOA

Julieanne P. Sees, DO, FAAOS, FAOAO, FAOA

2020-2022 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

Julieanne P. Sees, DO, FAOA, FAOAO, is a pediatric neuro-orthopedic surgeon at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, where she serves as medical director. She is also an associate professor at Sidney Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Sees collaborates with child abuse pediatrics to lead research to understand incidence of pediatric injury during a pandemic. She also collaborates with nursing professionals to lead research to identify risk factors contributing to pressure ulcers after surgical events.

Past Fellows

Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS

Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS

2018-2020 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

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

Fellowship 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, and
  • 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. Domestic travel expenses are covered for participation in approved fellowship activities. 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 an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research grant of $25,000 will be awarded to each NAM Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine, which will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow.


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 resident 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, an NAM-appointed 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 2022 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2022 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2022 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2022 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 2022 | Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
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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