Featured Osteopathic Family Physician:
Teshina Wilson, DO

Dr. Teshina Wilson didn’t think about becoming a doctor until a few years after she had graduated from George Washington University with a major in criminal justice and a minor in microbiology. She was working in a microbiology lab when a doctor there suggested that she should consider a career in medicine.

That comment started her thinking about that option for the first time, and in 2007, Dr. Wilson graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Wilson now practices in Wilmington, Delaware at the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, a community health center where she often treats to patients without health insurance, not enough insurance coverage, and those who are between jobs.

She was one of the first residents nominated for the ACOFP Future Leaders Conference during its inaugural run. Last year, she received the 2013 ACOFP Young Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year Award.

She said she’d like to be a mentor to students because she might offer a unique perspective. That’s because she didn’t start out pre-med like many students. Also, she didn’t go to medical school until her late 20s and didn’t complete her residency until her early 30s.

As far as finding a mentor, Dr. Wilson advises that students shouldn’t limit themselves to people who are in high positions who can help them professionally. Many different types of people can be mentors who will offer good advice. It’s also okay to have many mentors, too.

Q. Why did you go into osteopathic family medicine?
I felt that the osteopathic profession, based off of its principals, was more alignment for me as a person.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of osteopathic family medicine?
It’s getting a new patient that is a newborn and watching them grow.

Q. What is your best advice for students who are undecided?
No. 1 – don’t be upset with yourself because you’re undecided. No. 2 – if nothing else, start out by getting into a traditional rotating internship. And then by the middle of that internship year start weeding out the specialties and areas that you’re not interested in.

Q. What kind of person makes the best kind of osteopathic family physician?
Someone who is not afraid of a challenge. Someone who is willing to take a risk. Someone who is unafraid to set the bar of excellence and strive for it every day.

Published April, 2015