Lauren J. Leslie, DO, Named 2017 Resident of the Year

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Lauren J. Leslie, DOLauren J. (Hasler) Leslie, DO, of East Lansing, Michigan, was named the 2017 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 23 during its annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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. Leslie is the eighth osteopathic resident to receive this award.

A 2014 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing (MSUCOM), Dr. Leslie is the co-chief resident in the osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (ONMM) program at MSUCOM. Dr. Leslie started her association with the American Academy of Osteopathy in 2010 as a member of the MSUCOM Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) chapter, and in 2011, she served a term as the chapter secretary.

In 2016-17, Dr. Leslie served as the vice chair of the Postgraduate American Academy of Osteopathy (PAAO). She was the PAAO liaison to the AAO Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC), and she served on the LBORC Poster Presentation Subcommittee. She organized an annual mixer for residents at the AAO Convocation, which offers networking with other physicians and promotes job opportunities in the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Leslie precepts in the MSUCOM Student OMM Clinic which serves the local community with free care. On her nomination form, MSUCOM ONMM Department Chair Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO, wrote, “Dr. Leslie is competent, compassionate and patient when instructing first- and second-year medical students in osteopathic principles and practice at the MSUCOM Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Lab.”


Because of Dr. Leslie’s belief in and passion for OMM led her to advocate for OMT in treating athletes with concussion. She worked with fellow residents to design a curriculum and supervise the first- and second-year medical students in treating MSU track and cross-country athletes with OMT. She also was able to work through the intensive and arduous process to secure Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for a study to evaluate the role of OMT in concussion recovery in athletes at Michigan State.