Bidey Named 2021 ACOFP Educator of the YearMarch 15, 2021
Peter Bidey, DO ‘08, vice-chair and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has been named the 2021 Osteopathic
Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians (ACOFP). Dr. Bidey accepted his award via video message during the organization’s
annual conference which was hosted virtually this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19
“This award means so much to me because it solidifies that what I do, as well as what
my colleagues do, in the training of students, really does make a difference” shared
Dr. Bidey during his acceptance speech. “Although I have the honor of receiving this
award, it is a product of my colleagues, teachers and most importantly my students,
who really are the ones advancing osteopathic family medicine,” continued Dr. Bidey.
According to the ACOFP website, the Osteopathic Family Medicine Educator of the Year
Award “honors an individual who exemplifies the osteopathic family medicine profession’s
highest standards of excellence in teaching and has made significant, commendable,
and long-standing contributions to the academic advancement of osteopathic students,
residents and the osteopathic profession.” Those nominated for the award came from
colleges of osteopathic medicine and residency programs across the country. Final
selection for this award was made by the ACOFP’s Board of Governors.
In his speech, Dr. Bidey went on to thank his wife and family for supporting his career
in medical education as well as his colleagues in the Department of Family Medicine
and the administration at PCOM. In closing, he reminded everyone of the importance
of mentorship, sharing, “I implore everyone listening, both physicians and students,
to find or be a mentor. I could not have the career I do without those who have helped
me along my journey. You will often learn from your mentor just as much as they will
learn from you.”
Dr. Bidey graduated from PCOM in 2008 and has been a faculty member since 2012. He
serves as the faculty advisor to the PCOM Student chapter of the ACOFP, as well as
a leader in the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society (POFPS), the ACOFP
The ACOFP is a community of current and future family physicians that champions osteopathic
principles and supports its members by providing resources such as education, networking
and advocacy, while putting patients first.
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