Teresa Hardesty, DO, Presented with the “Rookie Physician of the Year Award”

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association presented Teresa Hardesty, DO, with the Rookie Physician of the Year Award on April 27, 2019 at its 119th Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Rookie of the Year Award honors a physician in his/her second year of practice who has exemplified significant contributions and service to his/her school, community and association.

Teresa Hardesty, DO, an internal medicine physician in Tulsa, Oklahoma earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. After that, she completed her internal medicine residency at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in 2018. Although she is just one year out of her residency, Dr. Hardesty is already stepping up to serve. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society and just two days ago, was elected to serve as a board member on the OOA’s Board of Trustees.  The OOA is excited to see what the future holds for Dr. Hardesty.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association serves more than 2,300 members, including practicing physicians, residents, interns, osteopathic medical students and retired physicians. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, practice in 69 of the state’s 77 counties and in 147 Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma DOs practice in all areas of medicine from cardiology to sports medicine to radiology.

DOs complete four years of medical training and continue their education in postgraduate internships and residencies. As complete physicians, DOs are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery. In addition, DOs have added training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a hands-on treatment tool they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. OMM can be used in conjunction with, and sometimes in place of, medication or surgery to restore mobility and function. For more information about Oklahoma DOs, visit the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s website at www.okosteo.org.