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Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO, Honored with NBOME Santucci Award

December 13, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, honored Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO, with the NBOME Santucci Award at its recent Board of Directors meeting.

The Santucci Award is the highest honor the NBOME bestows, given to members of its Board, staff, or committees for outstanding contributions to the mission of the NBOME and requires a minimum of ten years of service to the organization.

O’Shea has practiced osteopathic internal medicine at the Foothills Women’s Medical Center in Jackson, Calif. since 1998 and serves as the center’s medical director. A 1993 graduate of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, she completed her internal medicine residency at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

O’Shea served as president of the Osteopathic Medical Board of California from 2006 -2012 and as president of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners from 2013- 2015. She has also served on the Federation of State Medical Boards as member of their Nominating Awards, Audit, and Finance committees.

As past-president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC), O’Shea was chair of the California delegation to the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) House of Delegates between 2006 and 2014, and received the OPSC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012.

O’Shea has served the AOA in many capacities, including as a trustee since 2013. She recently completed her three-year term as chair of the AOA Strategic Planning Committee, delivering the organization’s strategic plan for 2020-2025.

O’Shea became a member of the National Board of Medical Examiner’s Board of Directors in 2009 and has served on the Awards, COMLEX-USA Composite Examination, Finance, Compensation, Liaison and Executive committees, and on the SAS for GME Task Force. She was also NBOME Board secretary-treasurer from 2015- 2017, chair-elect from 2017-2019, and Board chair from 2019-2021.

“Dr. O’Shea served her tenure at the helm of the NBOME Board of Directors almost entirely during the worst period of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Richard J. LaBaere II, DO, MPH, board chair of the NBOME.

“Through it all, she provided agile and stable guidance as well as stewardship of the NBOME in a very different, most often virtual environment. Her professionalism, sense of humor, and wisdom were instrumental to Board members and Staff during such unprecedented circumstances, and her steadfast commitment to what is best for the patients remains an inspiration for all.”