MU-COM Professor Nominated as Mentor of the Year by American Osteopathic Association

by Katie Bradley | Sep 17, 2013

Richard Schuster, DO, associate professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), has been nominated for the 2013 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor of the Year Award. The award is a part of the AOA iLearn Mentor Recognition Program, in association with Pfizer Inc., a program developed to honor DOs who help shape the future of the osteopathic medical profession through their involvement with osteopathic medical students and new physicians in practice.

Dr. Schuster’s former student Elizabeth Abbas, OMS IV nominated him for the award after having him as a teacher and mentor at Des Moines University.

“He is one of the most compassionate, honest, and caring physicians I’ve met. He has impacted me as a future physician in so many ways. He is truly the type of physician I aspire to be,” said Abbas. “Dr. Schuster has impacted not only me, but hundreds of other students, physicians, and patients with his presence. It would be a joy to see him named Mentor of the Year, a much deserved honor for such an outstanding human being.”

Dr. Schuster joined Marian University in 2013. His academic interests include musculoskeletal medicine, biomechanics, and functional anatomy, with particular emphasis in how the body transmits and organizes information to coordinate movement.

The winner of the award will be announced at the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition on October 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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