OVMC and EORH Physician to Receive Mentor of the Year Award

Monday, September 22, 2014

Local physician Dr. Joseph Dougherty is receiving the 2014 Dr. Benjamin A. Field Mentor of the Year Award from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) at the organization's annual scientific assembly next month in Las Vegas.

Dougherty is receiving the award for the educational excellence he has demonstrated in his career as faculty and program director of emergency medicine residency programs. Dougherty is currently the program director for emergency medicine in OVMC's Osteopathic Medicine Residency Program.

“We are proud of Dr. Dougherty's accomplishments and are grateful for his commitment to medical education at our hospitals, as well as the community at large,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “He is a true asset to our medical education program and shares his notable experience and knowledge with the patients, residents, and physicians at our hospitals.”

Dougherty is being honored for his teaching skills and support of students, residents, and fellow physicians in emergency medicine throughout the past 20 years. During his career, he was instrumental in developing the ultrasound and simulation training for residents at OVMC. In 2009, the residency students, under Dougherty's direction, won awards for their research presentations at the ACOEP convention. Dougherty also co-authored an article published in the “Journal of Emergency Medicine.”

Dr. Rick Greco, director of medical education at OVMC, believes that Dougherty's commitment to education is evidenced in the highly skilled physicians whom Dougherty mentored in OVMC's residency program and are now practicing medicine throughout the country.

“Dr. Dougherty has enriched our medical education department with his passion for life-long learning that ultimately benefits our residents' training experience at OVMC,” said Greco.

Before moving to Wheeling, Dougherty began mentoring others in medical school 24 years ago at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine when he tutored for the Minority Access Support Program. He became a faculty member for both the internal medicine and emergency medicine residency programs at a hospital in Warren, MI.

“I was influenced by the positive examples and dedication from my mentor physicians who led me to believe in the medical profession and to realize that I had to give back to educational programs and bring forth the future physicians to areas that needed care,” said Dougherty. “For me, coming to serve the community of the Ohio Valley at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital has been a privilege. The support I receive from my wife and children are instrumental in any success I have had.”

Dougherty serves the Wheeling community in various capacities. He is the medical director for Bethlehem Fire Rescue, Limestone Fire Rescue, and Barton Squad. He is clinical preceptor for West Liberty University's physician assistant program, is clinical associate professor for internal medicine at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is also clinical associate professor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, he supervises residents while they perform physicals for various high schools in the Ohio Valley and for Special Olympics.