Osteopathic medical students at WesternU welcomed past and present leaders of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Carlo J. DiMarco, DO, 2008-09 AOA president, gave a brief presentation on AOA activities and fielded questions about national health care issues and AOA’s position on various topics.

“The students are the best. I enjoy meeting students more than anything,” he said. “We need feedback from students to know what they really want. By having this pipeline we get ideas into the system.”

Former AOA President William G. Anderson, DO, talked about significant civil rights progress in this country, from the Emancipation Proclamation to Barack Obama’s election as President.

He also talked about being proud of who you are and what you are – your family, your heritage, your religion – and to also be proud of becoming a DO. He has seven DOs in the family, including three of his children and two of his grandchildren.

“I think they saw in me something that said, ‘I want to be like him,’” Anderson said. “There is no greater pride than when a child says, ‘I want to be like dad or mom.’”