Established in 1993, this award is in memory of Donna Jones Moritsugu, wife of Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, Former Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, honors the partners of graduating osteopathic medical students who best exemplify the role of any professional’s partner by providing immeasurable support and who are often content to bask in the reflected light of their partner, for their unwavering dedication and support. These individuals are the "Wind Beneath Our Wings”.
In partnership with the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA), the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) presents this award to one individual from each College/School of Osteopathic Medicine during their partners’ commencement or awards ceremony or other event as determined by the college.
A legally recognized partner or spouse of any graduating fourth-year osteopathic medical student is selected by each College/School of Osteopathic Medicine. The recipients shall exemplify the role of a professional’s partner by providing immeasurable support of his or her partner, family, and the osteopathic profession, while being an individual in their own right. This award cannot be given posthumously.
- Nominations must come directly from the College/School of Osteopathic Medicine and only one individual may be selected that they feel best meets the eligibility criteria.