Honor your guru

AOA seeking nominations for Mentor of the Year recognition program

Honor a DO or any member of the osteopathic family who is helping guide and shape the future of the profession.


Mentors are an integral part of the osteopathic tradition, serving as teachers, guides and role models for future and current DOs. Nominations for the 2018 Mentor of the Year award are open, with the winner announced at OMED ’18 in San Diego.

The AOA Mentor Recognition Program was developed to honor DOs who help shape the future of the osteopathic medical profession through their involvement with osteopathic medical students and new physicians in practice. The award recognizes the importance of mentorship in osteopathic medicine.

Members of the osteopathic family are invited to nominate a mentor who has had a profound impact on their career. Nominations are accepted from students, interns, residents, DOs, AOA Affiliates, or any other member of the osteopathic professional family, and may be submitted online. Nominees must be a current AOA member.

Other criteria include:

  1. The mentor facilitates mentees in acquiring the skills and resources needed to succeed as scholars and professionals.
  2. The mentor acts as an advocate and leader in professional matters, such as presentation of research findings, post-doctoral options, job placement and practice development.
  3. The mentor demonstrates respect and a sincere, active interest in the well-being of mentees.

How it works

The mentor of the year selection committee—comprised of student, resident and new physician representatives—selects the winner, who will be honored during a ceremony at OMED ’18, Oct. 5-9 in San Diego, California.

Nominations must be submitted by July 31.

“Mentorship is one of the cornerstones of the osteopathic profession and a key component in the training of future DOs, who are dedicated to the distinct values of the profession,” said AOA Trustee Michael Murphy, DO, chair of the awards committee.

More stories about DO mentorship:

Hero Next Door: DO ‘pays it forward’ by mentoring hundreds of students

‘She teaches how she lives’: Dean named AOA’s Mentor of the Year

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