Alumnus receives prestigious ACOFP honor

Joseph P. McNerney, D.O.’80, FACOFP dist., of Clarkston, MI, in March received the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award during the ACOFP annual convention in Kissimmee, FL, in March.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding osteopathic family physician who shows career-long service to patients, the profession and to ACOFP. Founded in 1950, ACO FP is the national professional organization of more than 20,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians and physicians-in-training.

A past member of the DMU Board of Trustees, McNerney is the director of medical education and a program director for the St. John Providence Health System-Osteopathic Division in Warren, MI. He is also the secretary for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and president of the Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association.

McNerney was the ACOFP president in 1999-2000. Ten new ACOFP state chapters were initiated during his term. He has overseen a decade of expansion in the number of osteopathic family medicine residencies and in the quality of those residencies through the ACOFP Committee on Education and Evaluation.

McNerney also has chaired five of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) bureaus and councils, including those for osteopathic education, program and trainee review, international medical education and physicians health. He is currently the AOA liaison to the Council of Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

McNerney’s career as an osteopathic educator started as a student preceptor in Wall Lake, IA. He later was the associate dean for clinical education and the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute at Touro University in California.

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