Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Quincey Quinn of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has been named the Student Doctor of the Year by the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Quinn, a third-year student at TCOM, was honored Saturday, Feb. 3, during an awards ceremony at TOMA’s MidWinter Conference in Southlake.
“When Dr. (Damon) Schranz set up a Zoom meeting to inform me, I was nervous because I had no idea what he wanted to talk about,” Quinn said. “When he told me, I was completely speechless and just couldn’t stop smiling.”
Quinn is the second-straight TOMA Student Doctor of the Year from TCOM, as last year Dr. Jennifer Pham was the winner.
She is the Medical Student Government Association president and the Class of 2025 president. Part of her role as MSGA president is representing TCOM at the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, a national coalition of student leaders dedicated to the collaborative promotion of the needs of all osteopathic medical students.
Quinn has been an active student from the first day she arrived on campus in 2021. She is currently a member of 16 different professional societies ranging from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Association of Women Surgeons, Pride at UNTHSC and the Refugee Health Initiative.
“We are very proud of student-doctor Quincey Quinn for earning this honor and representing TCOM,” said Dr. Frank Filipetto, dean of TCOM and Everett Endowed Professor. “She has a great passion for osteopathic medicine and has done great things while at TCOM. Quincey has been a terrific advocate for her class and we can’t wait to see her impact on our profession.”
Quinn is an active member of TOMA which has allowed her the chance to see what current practitioners are experiencing, what the landscape of medicine will look like down the road, and how she can advocate for future patients.
“I think advocacy is absolutely essential to practice as a medical student because as a physician we will be put into situations that are complex and challenging and will require passionate advocacy on behalf of our patients,” Quinn said. “Having the practice as a student has been incredibly empowering to me and has allowed me to advocate with more comfort and resolve. Being part of TOMA has been invaluable. It has provided me opportunities to meet wonderful mentors and to engage in professional development.”
Quinn has developed a passion for advocacy and volunteering while at TCOM. She has volunteered as a victim advocate at the Women’s Center of Tarrant County since 2021, West Aid, Habitat for Humanity, and the TCOM Medical Mentorship Program. She hopes her advocacy in the future can make an impact on the profession.
“As a student, I try to spend my time advocating in areas where I can reasonably expect to have some level of impact,” Quinn said. “The driving force for advocacy for me is equity, especially equity in health care as all people have a fundamental human right to access health care, a right that all too often is denied. Right now, my advocacy mainly revolves around my peers, I hope to help elevate the voices of and support students from underrepresented groups in medicine through systemic change.”
From HSC Newsroom - Community by Steven Bartolotta