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Nova Southeastern University Student/Alumna Appointed to American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

Carisa Champion-Lippmann is Only Student Representative on National AOA Board

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Carisa Champion-Lippmann, J.D.

CHICAGO – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) medical student Carisa Champion-Lippmann, J.D., was named to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees as its sole student representative at the AOA 95th Annual House of Delegates meeting held July 17-19 in Chicago.

Champion-Lippmann is a sixth-year osteopathic medical student and master of public health candidate at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The inaugural student in NSU’s pilot parallel D.O./J.D. program, she received her juris doctor degree from NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law in May 2015.

“Carisa is an ideal representative for her fellow osteopathic medicine students throughout the United States as a member of the AOA Board of Trustees,” said Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., dean, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “She has a good understanding of issues facing the field and has achieved so much at such a young age. We can only imagine the possibilities Carisa has in store for her future.”

The AOA Board of Trustees, which is the association’s administrative body, has authority to conduct all business when the House of Delegates is not in session and when such policies are essential to the management of the AOA. These duties include administration of the association’s finances, appointments to bureaus, councils and committees, decisions on all questions of ethical/judicial issues, and review and approval of amendments to the constitution, bylaws and regulations of affiliated organizations.

A steadfast advocate for osteopathic medical students, Champion-Lippmann is the immediate past national chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. Currently, she serves as chair of the AOA Council of Student Affairs and as the student member of the AOA Brand Awareness Campaign Task Force.

In 2008, Champion-Lippmann held a White House internship working with staff in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Presidential Personnel. She went on to serve as a student member of the AOA’s Bureau of State Government Affairs and as national director of Omega Beta Iota National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society, where she helped advocate to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and increase graduate medical education funding.

Originally from Palm Harbor, Florida, Champion-Lippmann received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She was named NSU’s Osteopathic Medical Student of the Year in 2013, overall NSU Student of the Year in 2014 and was the recipient of the AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership award in 2013.


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About NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine:  The mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide learner-centered education, both nationally and internationally, for osteopathic medical students, postgraduate trainees, and other professionals. Through its inter-professional programs, the college prepares competent and compassionate lifelong learners; supports research, scholarly activity, and community service; and advocates for the health and welfare of diverse populations, including the medically underserved. Please visit http://osteopathic.nova.edu/ for more information.

About the Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law offers a rigorous traditional academic program in three-year day and four-year evening versions, as well as dual-degree programs. Additionally, NSU Law offers three online Master of Science degrees in law in the areas of education, employment, and health. NSU Law prides itself on preparing graduates to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the courtroom or boardroom. Lawyering Skills and Values (LSV)-Every student completes a four-semester LSV sequence that combines traditional legal reasoning, writing, and research with an introduction to lawyer interviewing, counseling, negotiating, mediating, advocating, and other critical skills in a simulated law firm experience. Please visit http://www.nsulaw.nova.edu/ for more information.

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit http://www.nova.edu/ for more information.


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