Teshina Wilson Chief medical officer at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center
Class Of: 2007
Campus: Old Westbury Major: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
In January, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) named Wilson its 2013 Young Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year for her leadership skills—only five years into her profession. In addition to her work as chief medical officer, she serves on the ACOFP’s Women’s Initiative Task Force Committee and Leadership Oversight Committee.
“We help those uninsured or homeless with grants from the federal government,” Wilson says. The center specializes in general family practice,OB/GYN, dentistry, pediatrics, and social services. Wilson herself sees approximately 20 to 25 patients per day. “Many of them don’t qualify for Medicaid,” she adds. Instead, the physician enrolls them in Screening for Life, a program offered through the Delaware Division of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and other vital services. Wilson made it her calling to help the uninsured. “In recent years, many people have had so many changes in their financial status that cause lapses in their medical coverage,” she says. “That’s where I knew the greatest need was going to be. We are expanding the program the best we can.”
From the Court Room to the Emergency Room
“I always thought Iwas going to law school because I like to read,” Wilson says. Science, however, still held her interest, and she took a job working in a microbiology lab for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. “One of the infectious disease physicians was looking for an assistant on a research project,” she says. “He really encouraged me to look at medicine as a career.”
Opportunity to Educate
When her patients see the “D.O.” on her name badge, it sparks a conversation about osteopathic manipulative medicine and her profession’s mindset, Wilson says. “Once I get them that opening statement, they are the ones who want to know more.”
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