October 11, 2013 - Dr. Michael Wieting, senior associate dean at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn., was recently named as a finalist in the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Mentor of the Year recognition program. The recognition program was conducted by the AOA in association with Pfizer Inc.

Wieting was selected as one of five finalists for the Mentor of the Year award from more than 175 nominated mentors. “I am proud to have been nominated by one of my students and to be a finalist among many deserving nominees,” said Wieting. “Mentorship is critical for physicians and medical students and should be comprised of a dynamic, evolving personal and professional relationship. Research shows mentorship to be the greatest influence on ultimate career selection of the mentee in medicine. I believe we all stand on the shoulders of someone and, as a mentor, I am glad to offer a chance to stand on mine. I see that as part of the legacy I will leave to the profession.”

Wieting was nominated for the recognition by Charles Fisher, a member of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2014. In his nomination, Fisher said, “Dr. Wieting has a highly unique quality that distinguishes him as a physician and professor. He intuitively recognizes what aspects of teaching, communication, and personal interests will benefit his students, patients, and colleagues… His willingness to be actively involved with the absolute success of his students goes above and beyond what is expected of any physician, professor, and colleague. It is his pure ambitious perception of life and the strong desire to educate his students that has made his mentees so successful.”

As one of the Mentor of the Year finalists, Wieting was honored during a breakfast reception on Sept. 30 at the AOA’s OMED 2013, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.

At LMU-DCOM Wieting also serves as dean of clinical medicine, vice president for program development and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and osteopathic principles and practice. Wieting is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is a fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Oklahoma State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. He completed fellowship programs in Electrodiagnostic Medicine/Primary Care Sports Medicine at Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and in health policy at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the New York Institute of Technology.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7108, email, or visit us online at

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Caption: Dr. Michael Wieting.

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