Jacob J. Cukierski, DO, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was named the 2018 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 22 during the AAO’s annual meeting during its Convocation in Dallas. The award recognizes a resident who has contributed to the AAO; who has contributed to osteopathic principles and practices (OPP) at his or her residency program; and who has participated in such educational events as the AAO’s annual Convocation and the AAO’s program at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual conference. Dr. Cukierski is the ninth osteopathic resident to receive this award.
A 2014 graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Cukierski completed an osteopathic family medicine residency at Buffalo’s Sisters of Charity Hospital in 2017. He currently serves as the chief resident of his neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) plus-one residency at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, and he served as the 2016-17 chief resident during his osteopathic family medicine residency. He will return to his hometown of Buffalo, New York, to practice upon completion of the NMM+1 residency.
Dr. Cukierski is a model resident, presenting lectures, labs, review sessions and table training, as well as showing initiative in his administrative duties. He possesses unparalleled enthusiasm for the osteopathic profession, noteworthy manual medicine and ultrasound skills and a deep knowledge base within primary care and OMM. He uses his gift for music to help patients in a compassionate and encouraging manner.
Dr. Cukierski's energy and enthusiasm for the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine are contagious. He volunteers extensive time to mentor to the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) and has helped with the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association chapters at LECOM. He has been a catalyst in positively changing student attitudes in the application of osteopathic principles, and he demonstrates his steadfast dedication to osteopathic principles within the health system. He was instrumental in obtaining matching financial support from LECOM administration for the SAAO and its members to attend the annual AAO Convocation.
When he accepted the award, Dr. Cukierski reminded the audience of the importance of passing on their knowledge, saying, “The first couple years of medical school are the most challenging times in many people’s lives, and we always have to continue to support those youngest of our profession because without them we are nothing.”