AOGME Member Spotlight: Andrew Eilerman, DO

Published February 26, 2024

GME Blog

Dr. Andrew Eilerman is an accomplished and passionate member of the osteopathic community, currently serving as Program Director for Osteopathic Medical Education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Eilerman is no stranger to hands-on care, having seen such practice emulated by many health practitioners in his family. Following a similar path, he served as an associate program director for family medicine followed by program director in family medicine before assuming his current role. Dr. Eilerman’s experience helps guide Doctors Hospital’s family medicine program through Continued Accreditation, avoiding any citations, and similarly helping all 10 graduate training programs achieve Continued Recognition. Dr. Eilerman further elevates his passion for the profession by having served as President of the Columbus Osteopathic Association, President of the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Ohio Osteopathic Association. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, having proudly been inducted as an ACOFP fellow in 2018 and received the AOGME Leadership Award in 2022. AOGME has also been a platform through which Dr. Eilerman finds value in linking with other members in osteopathic graduate medical education and receiving valuable information, resources and CME opportunities.

 

Dr. Eilerman continues to push the boundaries by working on innovative methods to enhance osteopathic learning. Alongside the OhioHealth Program Director for Faculty Development, Dr. Jennifer Middleton, Dr. Eilerman is creating a “POD”Cast series (Points of Osteopathic Discussion-Cast) to inform MD and DO faculty of best practices in working with osteopathic learners. As 60% of residents and fellows at OhioHealth are DOs, the PODCast series may be a tool to enhance understanding in osteopathic theory and principles, as well as the evaluation and assessment of learners. He encourages others who are starting their career in academic medicine to allow enough room for a learner to struggle so they can optimally learn from an experience, but still provide them enough supervision and guidance to ensure safe care. This balance is difficult to achieve but will help encourage medical professionals to accept failure as a path to success. Dr. Eilerman himself started his humble beginnings by tutoring his sister and classmates before finding his calling teaching others in medicine. While he thoroughly enjoys his time in private practice and caring for patients, it is his career in academic medicine that has given him the most joy.

 

Dr. Eilerman adheres to a rigorous routine, being sure to start his day just before 4:00 AM to spend time with his three teenage children and his wife of 22 years, who is also an osteopathic physician. During his free time, Dr. Eilerman can be seen doing home improvement projects, exercising, cooking or cheering for his favorite Ohio sports teams. AOGME thanks Dr. Eilerman for his continued support in the osteopathic profession!