DO Day of Compassion

On October 19, 2004, Flight 5966 crashed as it approached Kirksville Airport, killing 13 passengers and critically injuring two. Among the fatalities were six osteopathic physicians and administrators from the A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

Remembering Flight 5966

In response to how this tragic event shook the University, ATSU-KCOM students and staff gathered together the following year to discuss and demonstrate compassion in the Kirksville community and to remember the individuals that the osteopathic medical education (OME) community lost that tragic day.

ATSU-KCOM’s actions have influenced many other U.S. osteopathic medical students to hold their own compassionate celebrations since, establishing October 19 as DO Day of Compassion. 

Social Media Spotlight

A principle of the osteopathic pledge of commitment—compassion—can be felt through the actions and encouragement among the OME community in recognition of the annual celebration. This October DO students and others across the country sparked conversation on social media and shared their public displays of compassion.

 As part of their “Comfort Care Initiative," Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) students made nearly 100 blankets for patients undergoing medical treatment at Loyola University Medical Center. Hospital staff and volunteers will deliver the blankets to patients over the holiday season as a way to provide comfort and warmth during challenging and stressful health situations.