OMS National Insurance Company (“OMSNIC”) has been creative in its support of the OMS Foundation.
The Foundation’s Alliance is an integral component of the Foundation. For over 20 years, the Alliance has provided support to the Foundation, not only with financial support, but also through a variety of activities during the AAOMS Annual Meeting.
One of those activities is the Norma L. Kelly Resident Spouse Scholarship program. These scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to spouses of residents to help offset travel expenses to the AAOMS Annual Meeting. Each year, several spouses who may not otherwise have attended the Annual Meeting have an opportunity to network with others in the specialty and develop a better understanding of the OMS specialty.
Since 2011, OMSNIC has contributed more than $20,000 to the Alliance for Resident Spouses Scholarships. Annually, OMSNIC recognizes the OMSs who serve on its committee and advisory organizations plus other organizations supporting the OMS specialty. One form of this recognition is a contribution to the Alliance for the Resident Spouse Scholarships.
“OMSNIC was formed many years ago to protect OMSs from the threat of malpractice litigation. As the only OMS owned and operated insurance company, we understand the benefits to the entire specialty when OMSs work together,” President and CEO Bill Passolt stated. “OMSNIC believes the Resident Spouse Scholarship program is an excellent example of such cooperation. We believe our support of the Resident Scholarships is a meaningful way to thank the OMSs who work so diligently with OMSNIC throughout the year defending the specialty, while welcoming new members to the OMS family.”
The success of the scholarships is best illustrated by comments from recipients.
Jodie Yildirim, a 2015 scholarship recipient stated, “It was a pleasure meeting the members of the Alliance and to see the impact that their support has on the specialty. Listening to the talk given by the guest speaker at the luncheon highlighted the opportunities the OMS Foundation and the OMS Foundation Alliance provide, and it was inspiring.”
“The experience I had that was made possible through the OMS Foundation Alliance scholarship was amazing. I had the opportunity to support my husband by accompanying him to the conference and by watching his research presentations,” stated Amy Ford, a 2014 scholarship recipient. “I also had the opportunity to meet some incredible women through the Alliance health walks, breakfasts, and luncheon.”
OMSNIC chose a creative way to support the specialty. Companies, organizations, and individuals have a wide range of opportunities to support the Foundation. There is sure to be a method of support that is significant to every OMS and organization that works with OMSs. Find what works for you.