Established in 2013, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (VCOM) Leading Global Health Seminar series provides experiences and stories from leaders in the medical field on various issues of global health importance. With the increasing interconnectedness in health needs of people around the world, the expanding role of the osteopathic physician in providing care for those most in need is recognized through this ongoing event. These seminar series are attended by VCOM medical students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community associated.
The most recent seminar speaker, Peter Michaelson, DO, PhD, visited VCOM on October 14, to share his broad range of experience in practicing with a uniquely osteopathic point of view. Dr. Michaelson is an American physician practicing in Germany, with a private practice in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Complementary Modalities in Munich, Germany, and Ft. Pierce, Florida. A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he also obtained a Doctor of Medicine (MD, PhD) at the University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Dr. Michaelson has served on the elected Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance and was elected President of the German-American Academy of Osteopathy (DAAO). Additionally, he has served as chairman and as a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Affairs and Education (BIOMEA). He also practiced Emergency Medicine at U.S. Army Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and worked as a staff physician in Emergency Medicine at Colorado Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Group), St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
VCOM-Virginia Dean Jan Willcox, DO, shared, “Many VCOM students and faculty serve on our global medical missions and they enjoyed the opportunity to hear the perspective of an Osteopathic physician who successfully practices osteopathic medicine in Europe as well as the U.S. Our first and second year students appreciated a fresh, global point of view in the midst of their block final exams.”