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Area doctors Belcher, Melvin receive awards in Lewisburg

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Two area physicians received recognition during the May 23 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Graduation Awards Ceremony.

Barry Belcher, D.O., received the Outstanding Primary Care Preceptor Award for the Southwest Region of its Statewide Campus system. Belcher is a 2005 graduate of school who completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Charleston Area Medical Center. He has been in practice in Ashland, Ky., for the past four years at Cedar Knoll Pediatrics with King's Daughters Medical Center. He is serving as clinical director of Cedar Knoll Pediatrics as well as chairman of pediatrics for KDMC.

Kelly Melvin, M.D., received the Outstanding Specialty Preceptor Award for the Southwest Region of its Statewide Campus system. Melvin graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine, completing a residency in general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Marshall University and is also the medical director for the acute child and adolescent inpatient programs for River Park Hospital in Huntington.

Preceptors assist and provide guidance to medical students in their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations. During the annual Graduation Awards Ceremony, recognition was awarded to preceptors from each of the six statewide campus regions who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring. These health professionals have also demonstrated a commitment to community wellness and service.

The school's President Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., said physicians willing to offer guidance as preceptors provide an invaluable service to students.

"On top of their responsibilities as physicians, these individuals take on the mentorship and evaluation of students performing clinical rotations at hospitals around the state," Adelman said in a release. "It is impossible to adequately convey the profound impact a good preceptor has on shaping the competencies and character of these future physicians. This award is one small way we can honor their efforts and recognize the positive difference they're making in our students' lives."

Approximately 50 hospitals, clinics and medical centers across West Virginia participate in the school's Statewide Campus program. Outstanding Primary Care and Specialty Preceptor Awards were given to physicians in each campus region including central, eastern, northern, south central, southeast and southwest.