The American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) has awarded the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor to John M. Jones, DO, of Petal, Mississippi. The Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor is awarded to members of the osteopathic profession for outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs. The Academy cherishes the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor as its highest award and grants it to deserving members only after careful consideration and investigation.
Dr. Jones, or “JJ” as he is more commonly known, is a long-standing member of the Academy, and has spent his professional career dedicated to the osteopathic profession. Dr. Jones was interested in education before starting osteopathic medical school and demonstrated that interest as an OMM Teaching Assistant at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After graduation, he continued his pursuit of osteopathic education as he chaired the departments of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Touro University Nevada, and William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also served as Assistant Dean at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his tenure in osteopathic medical education, he has developed curriculum, OMM Predoctoral Teaching Programs, and worked with students to stimulate their understanding of osteopathic history, development of palpatory and treatment skills, and motivated them to utilize those skills as part of a treatment regimen in whatever area of medicine they chose.
AAO Convocation and course work were a constant for Dr. Jones, his fellows, and students. In addition to mentoring students, he also mentored new faculty members to improve their teaching skills and ability to work more effectively with students. Dr. Jones has presented lectures and hands-on skills development workshops to state societies, colleges, and various groups in the United States and internationally, including France, Japan, Canada, Germany, and Russia.
The American Academy of Osteopathy has benefited greatly from the skills and leadership of Dr. Jones. He has served as AAO President, on the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors, and committees including International Affairs, Publications, Education, and Hospital Assistance. Over the course of his career, he has represented the AAO at the AOA House of Delegates. He is well known for his broad smile and warm welcome as he greets friends and strangers alike.
Dr. Jones was a very active member of the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles and served as its chair for five years. He has been active as an author, contributing chapters to a number of books as well as articles in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other publications. He has made significant contributions to the four editions of the AOA sponsored textbook Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as an author and Associate editor. In addition, Dr. Jones has given his time to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Part 1 Test Committee.
Over the course of his distinguished career, John M. Jones, DO, has given a great deal to the AAO and the osteopathic profession. The legacy he has left will continue through the many people he has motivated and their contributions in the future.