DO Council Names Andrea Weir Student DO of the YearDecember 10, 2018
The DO Council at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Andrea Weir (DO ’21) Student DO of the Year (SDOY). She 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 a committee of faculty, administration, and
their peers, based on myriad criteria including: a dedication to leadership, community
service, the profession, professionalism and embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.
For Ms. Weir, her path to medical school was not a typical one. Prior to attending
PCOM, she trained in several Michelin-star kitchens in Italy and also worked as a
chef, and since coming to medical school, has been exploring ways to integrate her
knowledge of food with her education in medicine.
In October, she was awarded a Human Touch Community Impact Grant from the American
Osteopathic Foundation, for a project she founded titled “Cooking Up Courage.” The
program features nutritional information and recipes created by Ms. Weir to guide
community members on how to create healthful meals. The program has been circulated
to other osteopathic schools across the country through the Student Osteopathic Medical
”Andrea brings a unique background to her medical school career, with years of experience
as a chef. She has taken her love for food and providing for others, and has translated
this into her life in medical school,” said Stephen DePaul (DO ’21), DO Council president
and chair of the SDOY Selection Committee. “Andrea is the epitome of what it means
to be an osteopathic medical student."
Ms. Weir has served PCOM and the osteopathic profession in various ways. She is the
founder of the Social Medicine Program in the PCOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association
(SOMA), through which she initiated a project that explores health disparities through
interactive student workshops; and has served as a medical student advocate with Main
Line Health, through which she helps underserved patients in West Philadelphia overcome
barriers to healthcare.
In addition, she is currently the president of the Nutrition in Medicine Club and
in that role, launched a food pantry on campus for students in need who are food insecure.
She has also served as the vice-president of the Psychiatry Club; the national liaison
officer for SOMA; is an advocacy committee member for PCOM’s Student-Run Clinic project;
is student ambassador to the Office of Admissions, and is a board member of PCOM’s Cultural Competency program.
“I am so thankful to the PCOM community for this amazing honor, and for the opportunity
to represent them,” said Ms. Weir.
The National SDOY winner will be announced in April 2019.
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