2012 James M. Lally, DO, Emerging Leader Award

October 15, 2012

Great leaders ignite passion and inspire the best in everything they do. Shannon C. Scott, DO, may be a young physician, but she is on track to be one of those great leaders. As a student, as a resident and as a faculty member, Dr. Scott has certainly risen as a leader.

Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine (2007), Dr. Scott’s portfolio of accomplishments takes off as a medical student at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/AZCOM), where she was recognized with several national awards for her dedication to the osteopathic profession. Her leadership followed her to Scottsdale Healthcare where she led fellow colleagues as Chief Family Medicine Resident. Here she was awarded the Intern of the Year Award, and also received the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians’ Brazie Award for outstanding second year resident from all the family medicine residencies in the state.

Coming full circle, Dr. Scott returned to MWU/AZCOM in 2008 as the Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine where she practices in MWU/AZCOM’s clinic, teaches for the OMM and family medicine departments, participates on the admissions committee, and is involved with the NBOME COMLEX-PE standard setting committee.

Dr. Scott has taken her leadership role to the national level with both the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Dr. Scott served the AOA Board of Trustees as the new physician in practice representative during 2011. For the AOA, she has actively served on multiple committees, including the Bureau of Conventions, Bureau of Membership, Strategic Planning Committee, and the New Physicians in Practice Committee, which she chaired. During her service on the AOA Bureau of Membership, she made a positive impact by developing an instructional program on options for osteopathic students in residencies, unwinding the complicated processes and decisions ahead of them. This presentation was incorporated in the Membership Bureau’s work product.

For the ACOFP, Dr. Scott served as a National Delegate, as a state Board member, and on committees such as the Membership and Young Physicians/Residents Committees. She successfully lobbied to have ACOFP put a new physician in practice on its board and is working to create that opportunity in all specialty college governance structures. For her many contributions, Dr. Scott was awarded the ACOFP Young Physician of the Year award (March 2012) at their national convention.

Dr. Shannon is a role model and a strong leader who continuously uses her skills to better the profession as demonstrated by her advocacy for new physicians in practice everywhere. She is a volunteer preceptor for the MWU/AZCOM Health Outreach through Medical Education (HOME) program, organized the last two Practice Enhancement Workshops for the Committee on New Physicians in Practice (CNPP), and has been a lecturer for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Scott has made a tremendous impact on the profession locally, across the state of Arizona, and nationally; she is a credit to our profession and will continue to be a great leader. The American Osteopathic Foundation is honored to present the “James M. Lally, DO, Emerging Leader Award” to Shannon C. Scott, DO.

Shannon C. Scott, DO