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Jackson Physician Elected As First Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

Aug. 22, 2014    

(CHICAGO)— Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO, of Jackson, California, was elected first vice president of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Board of Trustees
during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago. The AOA is the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.

“As I begin my second year as an AOA Trustee, I think of all the patients I see in my practice who deserve the best possible health care and am proud of the AOA’s mission to help train future physicians to fill this important role.” says Dr. O’Shea. 

As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Professional Background
Dr. O’Shea, an osteopathic internist, is medical director of Foothills Women’s Medical Center in Jackson.

Dr. O’Shea had previously served as second vice president of the AOA, prior to being elected to that position, Dr. O’Shea served the AOA in many capacities, including chair of the Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, vice chair of the Bureau on Federal Health Programs and vice chair of the Council of Women’s Health Issues.

A past president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, Dr. O’Shea has served as chair of the California delegation to the AOA’s House of Delegates since 2006.

Additionally, Dr. O’Shea has served since 2009 on the Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, where she contributed in many capacities. After seven years of service on the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, she also served as president of the American Association of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

After earning her osteopathic medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, Dr. O’Shea completed a rotating internship and an internal medicine residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

What is a DO?
DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.

About the House of Delegates
The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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