Rebecca A. Samuels, D.O., an osteopathic physician affiliated with the Escondido-based internal medicine group Palomar Medical Group (PMG), was recently honored by the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) for excellence in the practice of Internal Medicine.
Samuels received the honorary degree of Fellow during a special ceremony at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
Samuels was one of more than 60 osteopaths in the United States who received the award and is one of more than 4,000 osteopathic internists and medical sub-specialists members of ACOI. To qualify for the degree of Fellow, a physician must demonstrate continuing professional accomplishments, scholarship and professional activities including teaching, research and community service.
"We are proud of Dr. Samuels' honor and her accomplishments," said Brian Meyerhoff, M.D. and CEO of PMG, "For example, during the last several years, she taught medical students studying osteopathy from local universities, helping to promote and grow the field of osteopathy. In addition, she has conducted research on the incidence and prevalence of muscle soreness or myalgias as a potential side effect from the use of statin drugs."
Samuels earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Connecticut and her residency at Michigan State University. As an osteopathic physician, her focus is on restoring function in the body and she may utilize traditional and other courses of treatment, such as OMT (Osteopathic Manual Treatment). She joined Palomar Medical Group in 2012 and is affiliated with Palomar Medical Center.