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AACOM is pleased to announce one of our own as recipient of the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) Educator of the Year Award. Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Chief of Clinical Education, was recently honored as an AOF 2016 Educator of the Year. Alesia Wagner, DO, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA) is also a recipient of this year's AOF Educator of the Year Award.

Educators are Fulfilled Doctors

Named after W. Douglas Ward, PhD, the award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to osteopathic medical education (OME) and the osteopathic profession. Both Dr. Cymet and Dr. Wagner exemplify the osteopathic medical profession’s highest standards of excellence in teaching. 

In his 16 years on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine teaching staff, Dr. Cymet has mentored many students, fostering their research projects and professional development. Dr. Cymet has influenced osteopathic academic advancement through his work implementing AACOM clinical education activities with an emphasis on clinical faculty development and coordination. In response to the meteoric growth in the profession, Dr. Cymet also helps in developing Training the Osteopathic Profession’s Core Educators (TOPCE) in order to ensure a strong core of educators. 

“I found education to be the purest way of practicing medicine,” says Dr. Cymet. “It keeps me idealistic, as everything is questioned by my students. We have a collegial way of doing things that fosters an open atmosphere where everything is shared. Educators are fulfilled doctors.”

For Dr. Wagner, education comes naturally. She started her career as an educator when TUCOM-CA was seeking clinic sites for students. Dr. Wagner began creating new pathways for OME where none existed, eventually leading what is now one of the school’s largest training sites. Like Dr. Cymet, Dr. Wagner sets a high bar in her dedication to her students, patients, and the osteopathic medical profession. "Students give me my light," she says.

Educating Educators

As a true proponent of lifelong learning, Dr. Wagner completed the Costin Scholars Program for Osteopathic Educators in September 2015.

“I wanted to improve my teaching skills so I deliver the best product to my students,” says Dr. Wagner.

Educating educators is also a huge aspect of Dr. Cymet’s life’s work. He says it can be a challenge, however, “Educators know how to do what they’re already doing. One of their biggest challenges is looking at things from a different perspective—for example, learning instead of teaching.” So he brings tools for lifelong learning to them.

Dr. Cymet and Dr. Wagner were presented with the award on Friday, September 16 at the AOF Honors 2016 awards ceremony which was held during the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s OMED conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Cymet and Dr. Wagner!

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September 2016
Vol. 10, No. 7