ACOInformation March 2022

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ACOI Info • March 2022

A Letter From Our President Happy Women’s History Month. I’ve been blessed to be associated over my life and career with many bright and talented women. I’ve attached a photograph from the 1982 “Osteoblast”

Our daughter, Rachel Duffy, earned her DMD and MPH degrees at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health ATSU in 2013. Now she works there in the Comprehensive Care Unit and is an Assistant Professor at ATSU. She was elected by her peers to the Faculty Congress. On top of that, she is a loving mother to Clara and Layla Duffy. I hope each and every one of us takes the time to honor all the women in our lives this month and always. Let’s include a prayer for Ukraine as well. O Robert L. DiGiovanni, DO, FACOI

which was the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) yearbook. Pictured are the fifteen

women who graduated my year in a class of about 130. All went on to have active careers in medicine. One of them, Margaret Wilson, DO, is now the Dean at KCOM. That was 40 years ago. I’m pretty sure the number of men and women in Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is closer to fairly even these days. Of the twenty graduates from my rheumatology fellowship, 13 have been women. Two of these women stayed on as faculty: Rubaiya Mallay, DO, FACOI, as my partner and now director of our TY program and Priyanka Murali, DO, FACOI, who is Chief of Rheumatology at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Pete, FL. I met my wife in 1975 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Monica was in the second class of women to be allowed admittance to Hopkins in 1972. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree in business, she taught business administration at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville for four years. After raising our two children, Ernie and Rachel, she went back into the workplace about 20 years ago. Currently, she is an Assistant Executive Director for Israel Bonds.

1982 Women Graduates of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Margaret Wilson, DO, current Dean of KCOM, is pictured top left.


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