Dr. Kissinger Receives Distinguished Honor

Family Physician with the Trinity Health System Receives Distinguished Honor of "Primary Care Preceptor of the Year"

February 26, 2014 2:36 p.m.

Dr. Mark A. Kissinger, a Family Physician with the Trinity Health System, recently received the distinguished honor of being selected as “Primary Care Preceptor of the Year” for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Northern Region Statewide Campus.  This award is voted on by the medical students of the graduating class of the Northern Region based on the student voting of the quality of training received and level of commitment.

A Family Physician with Trinity Health System since 2002, Dr. Kissinger, a Board Certified Osteopathic Family Physician, has been giving his time training student physicians, as a preceptor with WVSOM since 2009.  In that time, he has taken numerous students for Family Medicine rotations.  Ralph E. Wood, D.O., FACOFP, Statewide Campus Regional Assistant Dean, Northern Region says, “Our physicians are the backbone of our regional campus system.  Without the dedicated commitment of Dr. Kissinger and the others just like him, we wouldn’t be able to offer the quality of education and real world experience in rotations for our students.”   Wood continued, “This devotion is truly the foundation of the complete medical education approach that WVSOM utilizes.” 

All third year medical students at WVSOM take a required rotation of eight weeks with a Family Medicine Physician.  Another requirement of WVSOM is that a portion of the rotations are performed in rural settings.  The school was ranked number nine in rural medicine nationally by US News & World Report and number thirteen in Family Medicine.  WVSOM has had the honor of being recognized for their medical training in the prestigious national report for fifteen consecutive years.  Dr. Wood stressed that continuity of training would not be possible without the tireless work of the physicians and hospitals that contribute their resources to the students and schools.   The prominent magazine educational rankings continue to recognize WVSOM as a premier educational institution. 

Of particular value to the shortage of family medicine physicians nationally, WVSOM had the third highest percentage of medical school graduates choose primary care residencies from 2010 – 2012.  Dr. Kissinger and the other preceptors that contribute their medical knowledge are an important factor in helping to eradicate the national shortage of Family Medicine physicians. 

A recent student that rotated with Dr. Kissinger realized that a lot of what you see in Family Medicine is about education.   He was constantly amazed at how Dr. Kissinger shared his personal history and lifestyle with patients in encouraging them to make healthy decisions and empathizing with the challenges of doing so.  The student, a third year medical student of the WVSOM Class of 2015, spent eight weeks with Dr. Kissinger’s practice and learned a lot about the importance of listening to the patient, watching for the unspoken message, and being a good role model.  He was impressed with the level of trust that each patient obviously had with Dr. Kissinger. 

In his typical humble fashion, Dr. Mark A. Kissinger, Trinity Family Care Physician of 107 Main Street, Winterville, OH never mentioned to his Trinity coworkers that the Class of 2013 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) voted him Primary Care “Preceptor of the Year” for the Northern Region of the Statewide Campus.  Dr. Kissinger, a 1999 graduate of Ohio University is devoted to his profession and for as much as he values his time with his patients he also treasures the ability to transfer the knowledge that he has gained to the next generation of doctors. 

Pictured with Dr. Kissinger is Christina DiBartolomeo, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine student and Nicole Bush Balakos, Northern Region Administrator, The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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