The OOA and AOA strongly believe that mentoring is an essential component of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young physicians. Mentees, likewise, serve as "reverse mentors" by helping practicing physicians understand the stresses associated with osteopathic education and the ever-evolving changes in the practice of osteopathic medicine.
Most importantly, mentors provide osteopathic physicians-in-training with the support and guidance they need to become compassionate physicians, who will live and practice by the words of the Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment to:
Provide compassionate, quality care to my patients;
Partner with them to promote health;
Display integrity and professionalism throughout my career;
Advance the philosophy, practice and science of osteopathic medicine;
Continue life-long learning;
Support my profession with loyalty in action, word and deed; and
Live each day as an example of what an osteopathic physician should be.
Since osteopathic medicine places its emphasis on treating patients, not symptoms, both the OOA and AOA believe mentoring helps students become physicians who are first and foremost dedicated to the importance of quality health care and the patient/physician relationship.
OOA Campus Mentor Program
In 2013, the OOA launched the Class Mentor Program for students at OU-HCOM. At the July 2015 Executive Committee meeting, the program was restructured to assign an OOA leader as a Campus Mentor for each of the three OU-HCOM campuses: Athens, Dublin, Cleveland. The purpose of the program is to keep students connected with their professional family and involved in OOA and District Academy events.
Coincidentally, all of the Campus Mentors are OU-HCOM graduates and all are family physicians.
Meet the Campus Mentors
Sean D. Stiltner, DO
OOA Mentor for Athens Campus
Dr. Stiltner practices medicine in Waverly. He has been in the military 25+ years and currently serves as the Ohio Army National Guard State Aviation Medical Officer. He is OOA president-elect.
Geraldine N. Urse, DO
OOA Mentor for Dublin Campus
Dr. Urse is director of Medical Education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. She is president of the OOA for 2016-2017. In 2013 she was named OOA Mentor of the Year.
John F. Ramey, DO and Kelly L. Ramey, DO
OOA Mentors for Cleveland Campus
Drs. Ramey live in Huron. He is medical director at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. She works for the Veterans Administration at a community based outpatient clinic. In addition, he is the OOA Nominating Committee chair and served as OOA president in 2012-2013.
Mentor of the Year
Students, residents and fellows are invited to nominate a physician for the prestigious George L. Eckert, Jr., DO, Mentor of the Year award. Established in 2011, the award was named in memory of Dr. Eckert, a family physician from Columbus who counseled hundreds of medical students, residents, and new DOs throughout his 57 years in practice. With funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the award carries a $1,000 donation to a charitable organization of the recipient’s choice.