May 1, 2019
As part of National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week, April 15-21, 2019, several ACOM students and faculty participated in live Facebook chats hosted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
First-year students Gage Sanders, Scott Johnson, and Roshny Vijayakar and Anatomy/OPP Fellow Amanda Robinson discussed their experiences as DO students and what brought them to ACOM. Sanders said he wanted to focus on preventive care while Robinson and Johnson mentioned that they went the DO route to have another tool in their belts to be able to treat patients.
“My experience working in community-based healthcare in rural Alabama really showed me that cost is everything — it is the bottom line. And you have so many complicated patients who will not be able to pay their bills who need a lot of different things…and the best person to serve them is someone who can address their psychological, social, physical, and mental needs. And a DO is all of those things regardless of what specialty you decide to go into. So I was really excited about the OMT component of what I was going to learn here [at ACOM] because I knew I could take it back to that community, and so many other communities like it, and really make health care more effective.” Roshny Vijayakar, OMS-I
Former Anatomy/OPP Fellow Byron Berry, OMS-IV, talked about pursuing medicine as a third career as well as ACOM’s Anatomy/OPP Fellowship program and his decision to become a Fellow.
John C. Biery, Jr., DO, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Osteopathic Principles and Practice, ended NOM Week discussing his career and experiences as a sports medicine and family physician in the Navy. When asked why he chose the DO route, Biery said he was one of those weird kids who grew up not knowing there were MDs — his father, grandfather, and two of his uncles are DOs. Biery said sports medicine has been a great way to use osteopathic medicine in helping people with musculoskeletal problems.