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Derrick Sorweide, DO - OPSO DO of the Year

Friday, December 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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Congratulations to Derrick Sorweide, DO, the 2017 OPSO DO of the Year


OPSO would like to thank Dr. Sorweide for his many contributions to the osteopathic profession. The DO of the Year award honors an Oregon physician in recognition of outstanding dedication, leadership, and service to the osteopathic profession. Dr. Sorweide was nominated for the award by his colleagues, mentors, medical students, and many others he has impacted throughout his osteopathic medical career.


Of the many comments received, the following speaks to Dr. Sorweide's impact in the profession:


Dr. Derrick Sorweide is more than my professor and adviser, he is also the leader who shows me every day the kind of physician I hope to become. As both a physician and an educator, he has established himself in his community for being driven and successful, but those are not the reasons I want to nominate him for DO of the Year. The reasons I believe he deserves this honor and recognition are primarily due to my impressions of him as a mentor. As a Family Medicine physician in Oregon, he works in both the clinical setting at his own family practice, and as a hospitalist for Three Rivers Medical Center. He brings his passion for patient care, and his impressive experience and knowledge, into the classroom with him when he instructs medical students. Many of those who usually prefer to watch recorded lectures will show up to his lectures simply because he has a way of bringing the patients to life for us. Not only does he speak about his patients with the utmost respect and compassion, but he shares his personal history of health struggles with us in the hopes that we will improve our own lifestyles the way that he has. There are moments in learning medicine when students can become frustrated with patients for a variety of reasons, such as when we do not understand their lifestyle choices, but Dr. Sorweide never fails to remind us that those cases are where we can really shine as osteopathic physicians.


When he speaks about the role of the primary care physician, you can tell that he really values his role as an osteopathic healer, and truly cherishes those opportunities to council and encourage his patients to take an active role in promoting their own health and happiness. There are many more attributes worth noting about Dr. Sorweide, such as his service in the Army, his leadership as president of OPSO, his past presidency with ACOFP, and his involvement in organizations such as the Osteopathic Political Action Committee and numerous health boards. Regardless of these other accomplishments, I will remember him best for something he said during a cardiology lecture a few months ago. He was describing an older female patient suffering from congestive heart failure, and one of my classmates expressed something cynical in regards to the patient's advanced age. Dr. Sorweide said, 'Her advanced age means she is winning, guys. She is winning at life. This sentiment embodies the respect and optimism that sums up how Dr. Sorweide sees every patient, and this is the legacy he has taught to his students. Derrick Sorweide, DO with fiance Leslie Stevens, DO


Commenting on the award, Dr. Sorweide stated:


"I was humbled, and frankly choked up, to hear that I had been selected as the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon DO of the year. I thank you all for this and for the many kind words you've sent since the notification went out.

This means so much, coming from my colleagues. You are not only some of my best friends, but also my inspiration. You, and our COMP-Northwest students make it a pleasure to continue working hard for our profession.

There are not many things that would cause me to miss the holiday party tomorrow, but I am in Las Vegas with Leslie and family making wedding plans and enjoying the season. I look forward to being at the winter conference in Sunriver to receive the award.

It's truly an honor. My deepest appreciation."

Dr. Sorweide will be presented with the DO of the Year Award at the OPSO Winter CME Conference.


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