Dr. Michael Wieting Named President of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association
Harrogate, Tennessee, April 20, 2020 – The Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) named J. Michael Wieting, DO, FAOCPMR-D, FAAOE, as its 2020-2021 president on April 4, 2020. Wieting was the first president to be sworn in virtually through a Zoom session during the TOMA Annual Convention. Wieting is the senior associate dean for LMU-DCOM and also serves as professor of both physical medicine and rehabilitation and osteopathic manipulative medicine.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve as president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association,” said Wieting. “We are in a very tumultuous time that is unprecedented with this global pandemic that threatens our health and lifestyle – we’re dealing with the additional frustration of an enemy that is unseen. But this gives us a chance to pull together. Organizations like TOMA help doctors, medical students, and others stay connected with the practice of medicine and our communities and provides a support system, which we need now more than ever.”
Wieting has impacted the lives of countless future physicians in his 25 years in osteopathic medical education, and prior to that, he was a paramedic for over 15 years and directed a college-based paramedic program. In addition to his classroom teaching and clinical practice, Wieting spends much of his time mentoring individual students and assisting them with both academics and preparations for the residency match and future careers.
Wieting earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990. Before that, he graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Education in professional medical education with a concentration in assessment from the University of Central Oklahoma. Wieting completed residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics and a fellowship in electrodiagnosis and sports medicine at Michigan State University (MSU).
Early in his career, Wieting joined a group of six physiatrists in private practice. They always had medical students, residents, and fellows training with them, which led to the decision to start a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Subsequently, he became the director of the program. Since then, he has overseen residency training programs at MSU, where he is also a clinical professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and has contributed to LMU-DCOM’s sponsored residencies in family medicine, internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.
Wieting also serves as the president of the American Association of Osteopathic (AOA) Examiners and president of the Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and immediate past chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists for the AOA. He is the vice president of the International Society of Communication in Medical Education, a global interdisciplinary research center dedicated to improvement of quality and safety of health care worldwide focusing on communication through research in communication science. He also currently serves on the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Education and is on the development committee for the musculoskeletal subject matter exam for medical students. Wieting is a national faculty member of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He has served as a team physician with the United States Olympic and Paralympics World Games for over 25 years. Wieting was awarded the 2018 Educator of the Year from the American Osteopathic Foundation and the 2019 Physician of the Year for the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association.
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. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.