Fourth-year medical student Matthew Smith has been selected as the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 2015 Student Doctor of the Year. He was chosen for the honor by fellow OSU medical students and faculty members for his outstanding leadership, community service and dedication to the osteopathic profession.
“Matthew has played a significant leadership role during his time at OSU-COM in advancing our mission of producing physicians to curtail Oklahoma’s shortage of primary care doctors,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of OSU-COM. “His advocacy for the osteopathic profession at the state and national level and his passion for community outreach will shape his future as a physician.”
Smith served as OSU-COM chapter president, national political affairs director and the national resolutions director for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and was an executive committee member of the OSU Political Action Committee. He represented Oklahoma at the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates meeting as a voting member. He also served as vice president of the Pros for Africa Club and secretary of the Wilderness Medicine Club.
The Ada native has been an active member of the Emergency Medicine Club, the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Club and the Rural Medicine Club. He also was a teaching assistant for the OMM department. He was inducted into Omega Beta Iota, the national osteopathic political action honor society.
Smith also has been an active volunteer in numerous community outreach events, including the Scrub Run, SOMA Community Health Fair and D.O. Day on the Hill. He has been a member of the Oklahoma Special Olympics medical team for the past 10 years. Before becoming an OSU-COM student, Smith worked as a hospital administrator for the Chickasaw Nation.
Prior to his position with the Chickasaw Nation, he was an emergency technician at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada and a student researcher for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research apprenticeship program.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from East Central University in Ada and graduated with honors from A.T. Still University with a Master of Health Administration in 2011. He was named to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was a member of Epsilon Phi Delta Honor Society.
Smith will compete for national Student Doctor of the Year against students from osteopathic medical schools across the country. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine conference in Washington, D.C. in April and the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates business meeting next summer.
The award recognizes student doctors who display exceptional leadership and service to their school and community as well as dedication to the osteopathic profession. The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, part of the AACOM, sponsors the award.