West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate Jordan Beckett, DO, received the 2017 Osteopathic Resident of the Year Award in Pediatrics during a recent ceremony presented by the American Osteopathic Foundation and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.
Dr. Beckett graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in 2015 and graduated from Wesleyan in 2011.
From the program at the ceremony, “Dr. Beckett first learned about osteopathic medicine through her family doctor, a DO. Dr. Beckett saw how patients under osteopathic were ’treated less like a number on a clinic schedule and more like a unique person with individual physical, emotional, and social needs,’ she says.
Growing up in one of the least-populated counties in West Virginia, Dr. Beckett is deeply committed to rural health. She completed several rural rotations and worked with her school’s rural health interest group. She is working with WVSOM to help expand rural access to pediatric inpatient and outpatient care, including drug education and rehab.
Now a third-year resident at the dually-accredited pediatric residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, Dr. Beckett says, “My residency experience from day one has taught me to be invested in my patients at a family, community, and state level and advocate for them whenever possible.’
She is also dedicated to addressing the opioid epidemic. Dr. Beckett set up a research project to evaluate children’s educational resources on the dangers of opioids. She has worked on several advocacy initiatives to increase more effective rehab programs for teenagers.”