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Luke Herscher - 2017 OPSO Preceptor of the Year

Friday, December 15, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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Luke Herscher, DO was honored as the 2017 OPSO Preceptor of the Year on December 3rd. The Preceptor of the Year award recognizes Oregon physicians for their contribution toward the training of future osteopathic physicians.


Dr. Herscher has an extensive history and involvement with osteopathic medical education. His father, Fred Herscher, DO was a medic in World War II. Following the war, Fred Herscher wanted to continue his service towards others and become a physician. He was told he was too old by many, but found an osteopathic medical school in Kansas City, MO supportive of his dream.


Luke Herscher, DO reflected on this story as he accepted the Preceptor Award. He recalled training a medical student in his clinic, "The student told me, 'I am going to be 40 years old when I graduate, and I never thought I would get the chance to become a physician. [COMP-Northwest & Paul Aversano, DO] gave me this chance and I am not going to let them down'."


Daughter Rori Herscher-Fletecher DO; Luke Herscher, DO; and wife Barb HerscherDr. Herscher thanked the many people who have supported and impacted him throughout his career including Paul Aversano, DO, Murlan Grise, DO, students he has precepted, and his family. "I have taught many students over the years. Three of my favorites were my 2 daughters and my son-in-law - it was an honor and a privileged." Dr. Herscher's daughter, Rori Herscher-Fletcher, DO drove down from Wenatchee, WA in support of his accomplishments.


In thanking one of his first preceptors, Paul Aversano, DO, Dr. Herscher explained how that experience still impacts his practice today. He recently diagnosed and treated a patient that came to his office complaining of headaches. Dr Herscher explained, "She told me she had been to five other doctors over the last year and a half. You are the first to correctly diagnose this and you did it on one visit. I said you can thank my first preceptor Dr. Paula Averasno as he burned that diagnosis into my brain. I would like to thank Dr. Averasano for taking the time those years ago to teach me all that he knew which has benefited my patients greatly over the years."

Murlan Grise, DO Introduces Luke Herscher, DO


In recognition of those who have impacted him over the years, Dr. Herscher thanked his long-time friend, Murlan Grise, DO. "He and I went to high school together where we started our dedication to becoming physicians. We both encouraged one another to keep going. Without his continual encouragement and persistence, I might have given up along the way."


OPSO would like to congratulate Dr. Herscher, and thank him and the countless DOs across the state who contribute to the osteopathic profession!







Michael Giulietti says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Wow, congratulations to him! I've worked with him before and he is always so dedicated to student learning. He deserves this recognition.

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