Dr. Ehrenfeuchter Honored with FAAO Distinguished Service AwardMarch 31, 2021
Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO ‘79, FAAO, professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM Georgia, recently received the 2021 Fellow of American Academy of Osteopathy Distinguished
Service Award. The award is presented annually to one recipient by the Committee on
Fellowship of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). Due to the pandemic, Dr. Ehrenfeuchter
will be recognized in person at the Fellows dinner during the academy’s Convocation
to be held March 13, 2022. His name and award date will be engraved on the FAAO Distinguished
Service perpetual plaque, which is on display in the AAO office.
According to the academy, the award is presented to a fellow who has further distinguished
himself/herself in contribution to osteopathic literature; development of osteopathic
theory, methods or procedure; research; osteopathic education; service to the AAO
on committees and boards; public relations; service to public health; and/or osteopathic
medical economics and advocacy.
David Fuller, DO, FAAO, chair of the AAO’s Committee on Fellowship, said, “You have been an excellent mentor
to the academy leadership, and you will always have our gratitude and respect. I look
forward to congratulating you at the 2022 AAO Convocation’s Fellows Dinner.“
Dr. Ehrenfeuchter, affectionately known as Dr. E, currently serves as chair of the
Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM Georgia. A 1975 graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
he earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1979. He completed an internship at the Hospital of PCOM, and then served as the
first resident in the history of the osteopathic manipulative medicine profession
Dr. E has had a distinguished career in medicine and medical education. He achieved
the status of Fellow of the AAO in 1990 and was board certified the same year. He
was elected to the Board of Governors in 1995 and became a member of the Committee
on Fellowship in 2012, where he continues to serve. He has also been a member of the
AAO’s Education Committee, chairing the academy’s convention program in 1993 and leading
a number of muscle energy technique CME programs in the following decade.
From 1996 to 1999, Dr. E was a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Special
Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, serving as vice-chair for two years.
In 1999, the specialty board was reconstituted as the American Osteopathic Board of
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine where he served
as vice-chair from 1999 to 2006 and chair from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. E was the PCOM Student American Academy of Osteopathy chapter advisor from 1981
to 1998 and assisted in the founding of the PCOM Georgia chapter in 2005, serving
as chapter advisor until 2014. He served as the PCOM representative to the Educational
Council on Osteopathic Principles from 1981 to 1997, and as the representative from
PCOM Georgia from 2005 to the present.
At ECOP, he served as chair of the Glossary Committee from 2009 to 2015. As the ECOP
core curriculum project evolved into a textbook, Dr. E served as the author for six
chapters of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, the standard text for teaching the
osteopathic profession, now in its fourth edition. In addition, he serves as a member
of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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