Costa Named PCOM DO Student of the YearDecember 19, 2016
Matthew Costa (DO '17)
The DO Council at PCOM has named Matthew Costa (DO ’17) Student DO of the Year (SDOY).
He will now be considered for the National SDOY Award by the Council of Osteopathic
Student Government Presidents (COSGP), along with entrants from other osteopathic
schools across the country.
SDOY candidates at PCOM are nominated by their peers, based on myriad criteria, including:
a dedication to leadership, community service, the profession, professionalism, and
embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.
“Matthew has been an instrumental part of the student body here at PCOM, holding leadership
positions on our own DO Council and initiating the PCOM Interdisciplinary Committee,”
said Millie Shah (DO ’19), SDOY selection committee chair. “He embodies the osteopathic
philosophy in every aspect of his life: he has achieved several merit distinctions
during his studies here, has committed himself to spreading awareness about the benefits
that osteopathic medicine can provide patients through his involvement in the community,
and he maintains his own body, mind, and spirit through his personal passions of yoga,
surfing, and intramural soccer.”
Costa has served PCOM and the osteopathic profession in several capacities. As DO
Council president in 2014-2015, he initiated the PCOM Interdisciplinary Committee,
which aims to increase collaboration among academic programs; he provides osteopathic
manipulative medicine to the community through various clubs and organizations; and
served as national treasurer for the COSGP. He also has earned several awards, including
a Cranial Osteopathic Teaching Fellowship, which took him to Frankfort, Germany in
2016. In addition, Costa is a student member of numerous professional societies including
the Pennsylvania Medical Society; the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians;
and the American Osteopathic Association.
“I always say that osteopathic medicine chose me,” said Costa of his dedication to
the profession. “I was delivered by a DO, my pediatrician was a DO, my family medicine
doctor is a DO, and my sister is a DO. So I’ve never known anything else. My doctors
have always made me feel like I am the only person in the room. I hope to give that
experience—that active presence—to my patients.”
The National SDOY winner will be announced in January.
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