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In and around the profession: Jan. 15

“Our staff becomes mother and father and teacher,” the Rev. Leo R. “Rick” Frechette, DO, told “Good Morning America” today, referring to his patients in Haiti whose parents were killed in the earthquake. Families of victims are having “to go to the cemetery with their picks and their shovels and dig their own grave,” he told “NBC Nightly News.” A Roman Catholic priest, Dr. Frechette runs St. Damien Hospital, the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti.

With help from an anonymous $30-million donation, Marian University in Indianapolis is planning to establish an osteopathic medical school. Earlier this month, the Indiana Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons endorsed the university’s proposal to build the school.

Lebanon, Ore., school officials eagerly await next year’s scheduled opening of WesternU/COMP’s proposed new teaching site. “This is going to be one of the biggest things to happen in this community probably ever,” Lebanon’s school board chairman predicted. The school district superintendent is looking forward to “400 really smart people walking around.”

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has posted a documentary segment on the history of osteopathic medicine on its Web site. Part of the network’s “Maine Experience” series, the video features Bruce P. Bates, DO, and Gretchen M. Sibley, DO.

How has the new 80-hour workweek limit been faring for interns and residents? “[C]ontinuity has been lost,” writes third-year general internal medicine resident Matthew R. Hardee, DO, in the January issue of Internal Medicine Resident News, “there is loss of patient ownership, attendings are not picking up the educational slack, there are few overall patient encounters … and more young physicians do not feel comfortable in practice after their residency.”

Next Thursday, the AOA is holding its next virtual town hall meeting on health care reform. Register for the event here.

Missouri Southern State University in Joplin is moving ahead with plans to build an osteopathic medical school despite the lack of formal support from its partner in the endeavor, KCUMB-COM’s parent university. “I think that the institution [KCUMB] is philosophically in accord with what we’re doing,” MSSU’s president said.

The Dallas-based Amsha Africa Foundation is looking for a DO to participate in a medical mission to Kenya this summer.


After more than 21,000 votes were cast, eight DOs took first place in Our Health magazine’s Best Bedside Manner Awards for southwest and central Virginia:

  • family physician Michael Howard Clary, DO, of Blacksburg, Va.
  • physiatrist Ethan B. Colliver, DO, of Blacksburg
  • neurosurgeon Raymond V. Harron, DO, of Roanoke, Va.
  • dermatologist Daniel S. Hurd, DO, of Blacksburg
  • family physician Liana Lawson, DO, of Roanoke
  • sports medicine specialist James Lebolt, DO, of Christriansburg, Va.
  • emergency physician Frederic A. Rawlins, DO, of Christiansburg
  • neurologist Bruce Stelmack, DO, of Lynchburg, Va.

In memoriam

Robert Gordon Blackburn, DO, 55 (NSU-COM 1986), of Spring Hill, Fla., died at home on Jan. 10.

Sandra L. Hartline, DO, 51 (UNTHSC/TCOM 2001), of Grants Pass, Ore., died Jan. 3


Family physician Kirk H. Herrick, DO, is the new medical director for Bay County, Mich.

Family physician Barbra F. Burkett, DO, has joined Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Oakland, Md.

Orthopedic surgeon Anthony A. McPherron, DO, has joined the LaPorte (Ind.) Regional Physician Network.