Maysville physician Dr. Donald Wlson was honored recently for his role in mentoring student doctors.

During the event, organizers pointed out that providing care and medical attention to the sick or injured carries a great responsibility. Clinical preceptors mentor and guide students as they train for their chosen professions, and on Nov. 10, the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center honored the region’s preceptors for their hard work and dedication at the Preceptor Recognition Celebration.

Dozens of clinical preceptors were honored at this annual event, with the evening culminating in an awards ceremony honoring seven for their outstanding service. Wilson, an OB/GYN with PrimaryPlus in Maysville, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding community health professional who has demonstrated leadership and service achievement that has resulted in a significant contribution to furthering the mission and vision of the community and the NE KY AHEC. To be considered for this award, preceptors must have been involved in significant community service and civic activities, have demonstrated repeated outstanding achievements, have received recognition beyond the profession, and made contributions of lasting impact and outstanding creativity over a period of 10 years or more.

Wilson has been practicing medicine for 37 years and has been precepting students since around 1998. When it comes to mentoring students, he believes in giving students as much responsibility and exposure as they can handle and absorb.

“I like seeing the ‘light-bulb’ go off when students grasp the concepts I am trying to impart,” he said.

For one night only, the “AHEC Comedy Club” located at the Morehead Conference Center entertained guests and filled a prescription for the best medicine of all – laughter. Dr. Brad Nieder, a.k.a. “The Healthy Humorist,” entertained the crowd with a stand-up health care comedy routine that was both funny and educational.

“Health care providers now face so many financial and regulatory pressures, from achieving quality measures to EMR documentation,” said David A. Gross, NE KY AHEC director. “Against that backdrop, it’s our pleasure to set aside one night to offer them special recognition for voluntarily inviting health professions students into their clinics and hospitals.”

What’s no joke, though, is the quality and commitment exhibited by all of NE KY AHEC’s clinical preceptors. Through their devotion to training the next generation of healthcare providers, they are ensuring the people of northeastern Kentucky continue to get the best possible care for years to come.