National Academy of Medicine

NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

2018 Call for Nominations
The 2018 Call for Nominations is now closed. The next CFN will become available in March 2020. For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) bring together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The National Academies are uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early-career faculty and future leaders in medicine and public health. Through the support of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine was established under the National Academy of Medicine Fellowship program.


The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine Program 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 the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.


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.

  • 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

    Nomination packets must be submitted by 5:00pm ET on June 1.

  • Timeline

    Fellowships will be awarded in even years.

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

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

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


  • Previous Fellows

    Jennie H. Kwon, DO
    2016-2018 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow

    Creagh Milford, DO, MPH
    2014-2016 Osteopathic Medicine Fellow