D.O.s serve our nation’s military 
 
   

 

Editor's Note: The Health Professions Mobile Tour has been canceled for Wednesday, Nov. 8. Further information will be posted here if and when available.

 

Service in the military is one of our nation’s most honored traditions. This Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and the nation will honor the service of our military men and women, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice — giving their lives — to maintain the security and protect the freedom of all Americans.

Richard Jadick, D.O., who was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine for saving 30 lives during a fierce fire-fight in Fallujah, is among the more than 2,200 osteopathic physicians serving in the military. He and his fellow D.O.s have chosen to be a part of, and to serve, our nation’s finest.

Seventeen OU-COM student doctors — including first-year student Laura Paleka and second-year student Nicholas Carr — have made that choice and are commissioned military officers serving in the Army, Air Force and Navy. They also are members of the medical school’s Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) chapter.

“Life is a about choices,” says Steve Davis, Ph.D., director of faculty development and advisor to the AMOPS chapter, “and our men and women, both past and present, who chose to serve demonstrate an unselfish love of truth, justice and the American dream for all. Veterans Day celebrates that choice, remembers the cost and reminds us of the hope of the future.” Davis, a retired major, served 10 years in the Navy and 14 in the Air Force. Davis’ grandfather, father, uncle, brother and sister are veterans. He also has two sons serving in the military.

As with Davis, these students have a family tradition of military service.

“My grandfather served in the Army during World War II, and my uncle served in the Air Force during the first conflict with Iraq,” says U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Paleka. She says it is an enormous honor to take “care of the men and women who take care of all of us each day through their hard work and sacrifices. Knowing that I will be helping some of the most dedicated and honorable people in the world really motivates me.”

“Two years ago when I was offered the chance to apply for a scholarship from the U.S. Air Force,” says 2nd Lt. Carr, “I jumped at the chance to continue my grandfather’s legacy; he is a retired Air Force major. When I received the scholarship in April 2005, he flew all the way to Ohio to commission me in as an officer. It was one of the proudest moments for me as well as my family.”

Preceding Veterans Day, the Air Force will land in Athens during its 30-week Health Professions Mobile Tour. The recruitment tour highlights the Air Force’s physician, dental and nurse programs and features a 39-ft. state-of-the-art motor coach with dazzling high-tech displays and a hospitality lounge inside. The visit will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, between Irvine and Grosvenor halls. Anyone interested in pursuing a health-professions career with the Air Force is encouraged to stop by the van.

“AMOPS will be there talking with people who visit the van,” says Carr, who also is president of AMOPS. “This bus exemplifies the commitment made by the U.S. Air Force to increase the capabilities and quality of service of its medical practice.  It demonstrates the new technology that is being incorporated into current medical practices in the field. This is a great chance to experience the vast amount of technology as well as talk with recruiters. 

“We are very lucky to have this tour stop so close to Veterans Day, as it is a great opportunity to bring attention to that day. And that day’s remembrance serves as a prayer for those who have served their country.”

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