Good Samaritan Physician Network physicians, Stephen Cullen, DO, and Amy
Archer, DO, were recently presented with Outstanding Preceptor Awards
from the Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network. Recognizing
the value of supporting, mentoring and educating future health care professionals,
particularly in rural communities, is critical to the mission of Indiana
AHEC. In Washington, Indiana, Drs. Cullen and Archer not only recognize
the value of medical education, they have also committed themselves and
their practice to helping ensure a strong pipeline of future health professionals
in southwest Indiana.
In addition to the fact that these providers precept about 24 students
annually (and would take even more), they provide clinical experiences
to medical students from both Indiana University and Marian University,
physician assistant (PA) students, and nurse practitioner (NP) students.
Their willingness to provide family medicine and behavioral health clinical
experiences to future health professionals across a variety of disciplines
creates a breadth of understanding and strengthens the interprofessional
The safe learning environment and strong educational focus leaves students
excited about family medicine and with a greater interest and understanding
of health care in a rural community. Students consistently provide positive
feedback on the tremendous learning experience provided by these preceptors.
“I could not think of two more deserving physicians to receive this
recognition,” said Adam Thacker, Chief Operating Officer at Good
Samaritan. “Students precepting with Dr.’s Cullen and Archer
get to see the delivery of compassionate care and clinical excellence
that make their practices special.”
Dr. Cullen graduated from University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, completed five years of active duty
in the United States Army Medical Corps, and has been providing primary
care in rural southern Indiana since 1983. Dr. Cullen is also a Retired
Lt. Colonel in the Indiana National Guard, where he served a tour of duty
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also holds certificates of added achievement
in sports medicine and geriatric medicine, in addition to his board certification
in Family Practice.
Dr. Archer is a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and
Biosciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she completed
her residency at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. She
is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and shares
her knowledge of eating disorder prevention and treatment through public
speaking and counseling. Dr. Archer has been providing primary care in
rural Indiana for over 12 years.