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Jan 24 2013

College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduate Wins 2013 Family Physician Award

Old Westbury, NY  (January 25, 2013) – A 2007 graduate of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine has been named the 2013 Young Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year.

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians awarded Teshina Wilson, DO, the honor for her medical contributions and leadership skills.

Teshina Wilson“It’s so very humbling to think that someone would think of me this way,” said Wilson, who is the chief medical officer at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware. 

The facility is a federally qualified health care center, a designation that means it offers primary care services in underserved urban and rural communities. Many of Wilson’s patients are either uninsured or lack sufficient insurance coverage. 

“We’re really working every day to see what are the ways we can make improvements, bring more access points to patients,” Wilson said. “If we keep our patients healthy, that’s the workforce of the United States.”

Wilson said the center’s staff works particularly hard to find ways to provide much-needed services to patients. That might mean seeking alternative ways to cover procedures and care. 

“Some days it is very frightening and it just weighs on us but we don’t’ accept no for an answer,” Wilson said, referring to the frequent insurance obstacles that arise.  “It takes a few more steps but we know there’s a way to get it done.”

Wilson said she has fond memories of her education at NYIT.

“I smile when I talk about the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine,” she said. “It’s an environment I couldn’t replicate anywhere else. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When people are fostered into medicine in that kind of environment, you create the most stellar physicians and also some really good people.”

Wilson said she was drawn to practicing family medicine because of the relationships she could forge with patients.

“I know every family member, I know all their intricacies,” she said. “It’s an honor because they allow me to become part of their families. It feels exactly like home.”

 

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