Next week, I’ll be visiting the osteopathic medical students at Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee. As with past COM visits, I wanted to take a minute to highlight a question I’m often asked during these trips—how did I become AOA president?
While people know that I come from a family of DOs (four generations strong), many of them don’t know that I’m part of the first father and son to hold this office. My dad, Howard M. Levine, DO, served as president in 1997-1998.
Moving into a leadership role takes a lot of hard work and commitment. Ever since I graduated in 1980 from KCOM, I’ve been involved with the profession and not just as an AOA member. I joined osteopathic specialty associations and my state association. I served on various committees including practice management; ethics; legislative affairs; and clinical effectiveness. Getting involved in so many different facets of the profession has helped me and continues to help me do my part to make a difference for osteopathic medicine.
If you aspire to hold this office one day, to have the opportunity to serve this great association as its president, be an active member of the osteopathic family.
GA-PCOM students: I’ll see you on campus next Tuesday!