Dr. Shannon honored during OU-HCOM White Coat Ceremony and advises new DO students to remember the power of human connection.
AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, (far left) was recently awarded the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) 2016 Phillips Medal of Public Service for his decade of work as head of AACOM.
Each year, the Phillips Medal of Public Service recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions throughout his/her life to the improvement of heath care, education, and/or public service. Dr. Shannon was honored for his help in ensuring “that the osteopathic medical profession has a place at the table when health care policy is made.”
Dr. Shannon received the award during the 41st Heritage College Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, where incoming medical students were presented with white coats, symbolic of their status as student doctors. While the award recognized Dr. Shannon’s successful career, his speech also reflected on his time as an intern and the importance of the osteopathic values he received in his training—to touch and respect and treat the whole person—in shaping his early experiences in practice. Dr. Shannon urged incoming students to never forget that healing requires more than just knowledge—it takes a human connection.
“If I leave you today with only one message, it is this,” Dr. Shannon told the new students. “It is not only the evolving and advancing scientific and technological progress of medicine that you need to continually master. It is engaging and remaining in touch with the everyday life of your patients and their families.”
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