By Evan Bischoff, OMS-III
2022–23 ACOFP Student Governor
On behalf of the ACOFP Board of Governors, we would also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all our osteopathic medical student graduates! Your hard work and perseverance will continue to pay dividends into residency and beyond.
As we look to our next steps in our osteopathic journey, I thought it would be fitting to introduce the current osteopathic physicians leading ACOFP. In my monthly reports, I will be interviewing a member of the ACOFP Board of Governors, and I would like to start with the new 2022–23 ACOFP president, Bruce R. Williams, DO, FACOFP!
Where did you to attend college?
Wilkes College (now Wilkes University), in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1982)
Where did you attend medical school?
Kansas City University (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri (1987)
Where do you live and practice now?
I live in Kansas City, and I have been associate dean of clinical education at KCU since 2020. Prior to that, I practiced osteopathic family medicine in Eastern Jackson County for over 30 years.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Hunting, fishing, shooting, camping, genealogy, traveling, history, Batman and James Bond (I’m a real GEEK!)
What drew you to family medicine?
What are your goals for ACOFP and the students?
I want to continue the work Drs. Koehler, DeLuca and Bixler—our previous presidents—who started our strategic plan. I also want to bring more awareness to the recognition and importance of family medicine as a specialty. Every person should have a family physician for preventive and continuity of care and maintenance of health. I want to see us promote improved reimbursement to family physicians so we can provide the resources our patients need. I would also like to see ACOFP promote full scope family medicine.
Furthermore, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is very underutilized, and our patients are not getting the benefit of the gift we have been given as osteopathic family physicians. And our practices are not getting the revenue they could receive by performing, documenting, coding and billing OMT properly.
What would you like to see from the student chapters or student members this year?
Increased interaction with ACOFP. We need more osteopathic family physicians. How can ACOFP assist the chapters in promoting family medicine? Would they like a visit from the president or a governor? That is a possibility.
In addition, I’d like to see the chapters develop an aggressive promotion to first-year medical students for osteopathic family medicine. How can we put that thought in their heads early on?
Thank you so much, Dr. Williams. We truly appreciate all that you do for ACOFP and family medicine. We wish you success in the coming year!