Dr. Willyerd is a graduate of MSUCOM, Class of 1978. Following graduation, Dr. Willyerd completed internship and residency training programs at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, Pontiac, MI and achieved American Osteopathic Association (AOA) board certification in Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Willyerd’s current position, effective July 1, 2008, is that of Associate Dean, MSUCOM/DMC. Previous to this position, Dr. Willyerd served as the Director of Medical Education for eighteen years at the POH Medical Center, Pontiac, MI. At POH he ran multiple residency programs with over 120 interns and residents, as well as organized and participated in thirteen medical missions to Guatemala with the interns/residents. Dr. Willyerd continues to plan, organize and participate in annual Medical Service Electives for MSUCOM, taking students each year to Guatemala and Peru.
Dr. Willyerd has served as a Member and the Chair of the Governing Board for the Statewide Campus System of MSUCOM (SCS), a member of the SCS Finance Committee, a member of the SCS Bylaws Committee, and the MSUCOM Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Willyerd also served as the President of the Association of Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) and the Chair of the AOA’s Internship Evaluating Committee. He is currently a member of the AOA’s Council of Osteopathic Training Institutions and Board Member/Treasurer of DOCARE, Intl., a medical outreach organization founded by osteopathic physicians dedicated to providing needed healthcare to indigent and isolated people in remote areas around the world.
Dr. Willyerd received his fellowship award from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) in November, 1985, and from AODME in May, 1998. Other awards received include the AODME’s “Leadership Award”; the Michael Opipari, D.O., Distinguished Service Award from the Statewide Campus System of MSUCOM; and he received the title of “Distinguished Fellow” from ACOEP in 2009.