New and Notable

The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research

A Virtual Series: October 28 – December 2, 2020

Join clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates for a collaborative discussion on the issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine as we examine specific dermatologic diseases in a series of four free and open educational webinars.

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Welcome Message

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) is committed to supporting faculty career development and advancement throughout the professional life cycle while promoting the needs of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) administration in accordance with the SOM’s Mission. The OFA oversees the functions of faculty recruitment, orientation, development, and promotions.

Under the guidance of the founding Dean, the OFA recruits diverse faculty members who will operate within the UIWSOM framework of lifelong learning through collaborative scholarship, innovative educational excellence and learner-centered curricula. All new faculty receive orientation to and training in the SOM’s case-based, learner-centered curricular model, its guiding principles, and curriculum delivery methods. The OFA monitors faculty satisfaction and mission-alignment; facilitates access to training and compliance requirements; and, assists in faculty grievance issues, as set forth in the Faculty Handbook. The OFA coordinates and supervises the UIWSOM Faculty Development Program which facilitates evidence-informed and experiential learning for faculty through a longitudinal, relevant, and holistic approach. The team-based, inter-disciplinary Faculty Mentorship Program helps faculty achieve professional excellence and satisfaction as a program integrated into the overarching Faculty Development Program. Both programs enhance institutional vitality in support of enhanced student learning outcomes. The faculty promotions process is coordinated by the OFA in conjunction with the UIWSOM Promotions Committee.

We encourage you to explore the resources we offer through the information and links on this webpage. You may contact the OFA at or access contact information for individual members of our team here.


Focus on Faculty - Dr. Melissa Walker

Dr Melissa WalkerDr. Melissa Walker has been in practice in the near eastside of San Antonio for greater than fifteen years. She not only practices there but continues to involve herself in the community by providing programs to help educate and inspire its residents. In 2012, she started an organization called Heal the Healer San Antonio and hosts a yearly symposium for both formal and informal caregivers. Recently, Dr. Walker has been selected to be a member of a community advisory board for the former Rivard Report (The San Antonio Report). She has also appeared as a panelist for multiple COVID-19 conversations. Dr. Walker is a graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Walker has received numerous awards and recognitions for both her practice of medicine and volunteerism. She is a vivacious public speaker who often gives a medical and spiritual perspective in her talks. She often comments that “Medicine is a calling and I hope to make a difference in the lives of all patients I encounter.”