Melnick at Large
By Arnold Melnick, DO, FACOP
Arnold Melnick, DO, FACOP
It was many years ago and DOs were just starting to be accepted into a few MD courses – very few. I spied a course on Pediatric Neurology given at Mayo Clinic and I decided to risk applying; I was accepted. Then I learned that Harold Finkel, DO, and Mike Richardson, DO, (both now gone) had taken the same risk as I, and we went together.
The course was wonderful. Except that a group of three MDs kept griping that “those osteopaths” in Texas were encroaching on their practices, etc, etc. But singly and collectively, the three of us decided to swallow our anger and not start any disputes.
All went well and on the last day, the director of the program, a young Mayo faculty member who had treated all of us with kindness and respect, held a closing dinner. There, he re-introduced every participant, reading our credentials – and leaving nothing osteopathic out of his introduction.
END RESULT: We weren’t seated near the Texas delegation, so we could not see their reaction. But we all felt strongly that our resentment had been displaced by satisfaction – and our hope that the Texas boys had learned their lesson. And recognized that, even at that time, some MDs dealt fairly with us.
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October 7-10, 2017