I read with interest your story in Friday’s paper about the retirement of Dr. George Pettit from a long and distinguished practice and about his placing of his practice in the capable hands of Dr. Ryan Sandlin. You told your readers that Dr. Sandlin was a graduate of Northwest high school and Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. What you failed to mention is that Dr. Sandlin is also a graduate of Shawnee State University. I think it is worth mentioning. Just this summer have seen announcements that, in addition to Dr. Sandlin, SSU graduates Dr. T.J. Stidham, Dr. Mikell Rase Boggs, Dr. Debra Lewis, and Dr. Jerod Walker have joined the staffs of area hospitals. These fine new doctors join a sizable number of SSU graduates already practicing medicine in the area.
The pre-med program at Shawnee State has a commendable record of preparing students for the study of medicine at Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and The University of Cincinnati, among other colleges of medicine. Faculty and staff of SSU can take pride that they have played a role in the success of their graduates. In particular, Dr. Scott Oliver should be given credit for being an outstanding mentor to students interested in careers in medical fields. Scioto County and surrounding counties are enjoying the benefits of SSU’s role in the training of medical professionals.