February 22, 2018
Fourth-year student Gerard Holder was recently named ACOM’s 2017-2018 Student DO of the Year (SDOY). Holder was one of 39 students nominated for this year’s award. The SDOY award recognizes students who are committed to the principles of leadership, community service, dedication to the profession, professionalism, and embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Holder received his B.S. from Oakwood University and his M.S. in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University. He served as an ACOM Student Ambassador as well as the 2015-2016 Chapter Present for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). As a member of the SNMA, Holder held events at ACOM and in his local community to address health disparities. Holder is also passionate about research and participated in a summer research program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after completing his first year at ACOM.
“This award is bigger than me! ACOM believed in me since 2014 and has supported my goals and dreams to ultimately find the best of myself through service to mankind. It is a privilege and honor to be part of a great institution. My family, friends, and I are elated and overjoyed at the opportunity to represent ACOM’s mission and vision on this platform,” Holder said.