Nicole Fremarek, DO, MBA, was recently honored by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) as the 2023 Resident of the Year.
The award, presented at the AAO Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, recognizes a resident who has contributed to the AAO, who has contributed to osteopathic principles and practice (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.
Fremarek, a 2019 graduate of KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is a passionate practitioner of osteopathic medical treatment. She completed an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Fellowship during her time at KCU.
She initially wanted to become a veterinarian, but an athletic trainer who offered a course in sports medicine convinced her she wanted to become a doctor. “I fell in love with the idea of taking care of people,” she said.
In the future, Dr. Fremarek plans to practice family medicine, osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and sports medicine.
Fremarek won numerous awards as a student at KCU, and is particularly proud of her participation in multiple Global Health trips. She traveled to KCU’s most recent trip to Guatemala as volunteer where she practiced OMT on patients and students. “I am certain the OMM fellowship and Global Health trips contributed to the skills that allowed me to receive this award,” Fremarek said. “Getting this award from the American Academy of Osteopathy is a huge honor.”