Moving Forward

A.T. Still Memorial Lecture: Celebrating change and innovation in the profession

Clinton Adams, DO, draws on the rich history of osteopathic medicine to share how challenges can become opportunities for growth.


Clinton Adams, DO, president and CEO of Rocky Vista University, delivered this year’s A.T. Still Memorial Lecture at the AOA’s Annual Business Meeting.

Dr. Adams spoke about how presumed threats to the profession, such as the transition to a single graduate medical education accreditation system, have turned into opportunities for the continued growth and prosperity of osteopathic medicine.

“Rethinking our stance on pressing social, economic and philosophical issues, and the subsequent transformation to acceptance has led to the osteopathic profession’s growth and success,” Dr. Adams said.

Taking inspiration from a quote by A.T. Still, MD, DO, “I have no desire to be a cat, which walks so lightly that it never creates a disturbance. I want my footprints to be seen by all,” Dr. Adams encouraged DOs to continue to be persistent in innovating and disrupting medicine.

“Be change agents and embrace our role and responsibility, helping to change the house of medicine,” Dr. Adams said.

For the full lecture, watch the video above.

One comment

  1. Binyamin Rothstein, D.O.

    the prayer mentioned at the end of his talk is what we should take as our oath upon graduation and as our opening prayer at every meeting

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