Kristie M. (Olds) Petree, DO, of East Lansing, Michigan, was named the 2016 Residentof the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 17 during its annual Convocation in Orlando, Florida. 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. Petree is the seventh osteopathic resident to receive this award.
A 2013 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM-GA), Dr. Petree is the chief resident in the neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM-OMM) program at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) in East Lansing. As an undergraduate fellow at PCOM-GA, Dr. Petree was a member of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO), and she now serves as the Postgraduate American Academy of Osteopathy’s liaison to the SAAO.
As chief resident, Dr. Petree endeavors to demonstrate the osteopathic tenets as an example to other residents and students. She schedules and coordinates the residents’ schedules for extracurricular events; organizes weekly didactics; delivers lectures to students, interest groups and community organizations; and she is getting involved in item writing for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
Dr. Petree already has published several articles in The AAO Journal, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. In the article published in the JAOA, Dr. Petree describes how she used osteopathic medicine to help a patient with post-operative singultus who refused the standard medication protocol.
During her undergraduate fellowship at PCOM-GA, Dr. Petree discovered her passion for teaching osteopathic medical students and getting them excited about osteopathic manipulative treatment. After she completes her residency, Dr. Petree plans to stay involved in academia and to continue to delve into research to expand the evidence base of osteopathic medicine.
Dr. Petree was nominated by Jonathan N. Bruner, DO, and Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO. Dr. Bruner is the program director of MSU-COM’s NMM-OMM residency program. Dr. DeStefano chairs MSU-COM’s OMM Department, and she is a NMM-OMM program preceptor.