NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

The 2024 call for nominations is now open until 3:00pm ET on June 3.

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  historically underrepresented candidates.

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

Current Fellow

R. Sterling Haring, DO, MPH

R. Sterling Haring, DO, MPH

2022-2024 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

Dr. Haring is a pain physician in rural Georgia and a DrPH student at Johns Hopkins, where he studies policies aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdose.  He has a passion for health communication, and has been interviewed on CNN, the NBC TODAY Show, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and several other outlets on topics surrounding injury research and policy.

Dr. Haring worked as a counselor and administrator in a Southwest Florida addiction treatment facility in the mid-2000s, where he learned firsthand the dangers of unsafe opioid prescribing.  He left to study osteopathic medicine and later entered an MPH program, where he studied injury policy at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.  He trained in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemiology Elective student training program at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta and continued working in injury policy and health care quality and safety as a fellow at the Harvard Center for Surgery and Public Health.  He subsequently worked as a visiting fellow in Lugano, Switzerland, where he helped develop a WHO-affiliated center for health care quality and communication, before returning to Johns Hopkins on a CDC grant to help develop evidence-based guidelines for Federal, state, and community interventions to stem the tide of opioid overdose.

Dr. Haring received his DO from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton.  He completed a medical residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by a clinical fellowship in pain medicine at the same institution.


Past Fellows

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

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

2020-2022 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

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 their 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 study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies that would enable the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health will be identified.

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 to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow, and no indirect costs are allowed.


Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine must:

  • Be nominated 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
  • Hold a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Be within the first two-to-seven years after completion of post-graduate work
  • Have a supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to nominees who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on Osteopathic Medicine.

Nomination Packet

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

  • A 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
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio
  • A one-page personal statement that describes the candidate’s reasons for wanting to be a fellow for this particular program at this phase of their career


Fellowships will be awarded in even years.

  • March 4, 2024 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 3, 2024 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 25, 2024 | Awardee is notified
  • September 10-12, 2024 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 21, 2024 | 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
Senior 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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