Studying Techniques from His Former Mentor Helps Earn Dr. Wesley Lockhart a Prestigious Fellowship
After more than three years of hard work prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Welsey Lockhart was awarded with his Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).
Dr. Lockhart, an Associate Professor in the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2010, received his Fellowship for his thesis, “Integrated Neuromusculoskeletal Release: An interpretation of the works of Robert C. Ward, DO, FAAO.”
“It is a great honor to be accepted into the fellowship,” Dr. Lockhart said. “It means that my esteemed colleagues have accepted my work and submissions as worthy of membership.”
Dr. Ward was Dr. Lockhart’s mentor and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMM/NMM) residency director at Michigan State University. Shortly before Dr. Lockhart began his residency program at Michigan State, Dr. Ward was preparing to publish the first edition of ‘Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine.’
The fourth edition of Dr. Ward’s textbook is currently required reading by Touro Nevada’s medical students.
“He had a very novel approach to the application of the myofascial release technique, which is a specific technique used in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments (OMT),” Dr. Lockhart said of his mentor.
Dr. Lockhart has been using the techniques he learned from Dr. Ward for about 25 years. After retiring from emergency medicine and joining Touro Nevada as a faculty member more than a decade ago, Dr. Lockhart was able to complete more research on those same techniques with the support of faculty and staff.
“Since the Fellowship is based on clinical applications or research, it truly expands our education and is pertinent to teaching our specialty at all levels,” he said. “The research for this paper expanded my knowledge for not only the subject, but the underlying science, in this case, the physiology of how it works.”Learn More About Touro's College of Osteopathic Medicine