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Timothy Ernst Memorial Fund

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Dr. Ernst and Crew
Dr. Ernst Bio
Award Info
Award Criteria
Submission Info
Annual Memorial Walk/Run
Winners Spotlight


The Timothy D. Ernst’s Memorial Scholarship is designated to provide residents with an opportunity to attend the AOCA Annual Convention.  Dr Timothy D. Ernst had a passion for education and always strived to help and mentor the residents.  Dr. Ernst wanted to provide a way to carry on his legacy, and thus, a scholarship was set up to facilitate his wishes.


Dr Timoth D. Ernst and the Kirksville Crew:     (Back to Top)





From the left, Jonathan Easterwood, Tim Ernst, Curtis Roof, (three of the four owners at the time), Erick Schuermann, and Levi Kelly.






When the crew learned Dr. Ernst would start chemo treatments, they decided to surprise him by shaving their heads too.  Levi Kelly, one of the Kirksville Anesthesia Associate CRNA’s, along with some others, came up with the idea. That idea spread, and by the end of the day, there were O.R. nurses, staff, surgeons, residents and medical students with the same “haircut.”  Missing from the picture were Theresa Rickelman, the other owner, who also shaved her head, and Ben Schrant, an employee at the time and now one of the partners.


More on Dr. Ernst Bio/background:     (Back to Top)

Timothy D. Ernst, D.O. graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1975 and attended a one year college majoring in Agriculture Business.  He then farmed for two years with his father-in-law until moving to Kirksville, Missouri.  He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University receiving a degree as a veterinarian technician in 1980.  In 1983 he completed his bachelors of science in Nursing from the same college.  As a nurse, Dr. Ernst worked at the Laughlin Hospital in Kirksville as a surgical technician and then at the Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital in the Critical Care Department.

In 1990 Dr. Ernst graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Following a residency in Anesthesiology in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Metropolitan Hospital, he returned to Kirksville where he joined Kirksville Anesthesia Associates and became both a residency program trainer as well as a trainer for a nurse anesthesia program.  In addition, he joined the faculty of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, becoming an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and teaching Anesthesia to medical students and actively participating in the admissions process of the college.

Dr, Ernst was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists, where he received the distinction of Fellow of the College, and the Northeast Missouri Osteopathic Association where he served as treasurer for many years.

Traveling, hiking, camping, shooting, classic cars, and running were some of the activities Dr. Ernst enjoyed and participated in.  In his later years he enjoyed running half-marathons with his wife, Peg, and they also enjoyed fine foods as members of the Kirksville Gourmet Club.  His other interests included being a master gardener and acquiring fine whiskeys, bourbons and scotches.  Of all these, however, his greatest love was for his family and friends where his ready smile and pat on the back to all who knew and loved him was a familiar and welcome sight.

Prior to his passing, Dr. Ernst expressed a desire to continue his legacy in the form of a scholarship for residents wanting to attend educational meetings provided by the AOCA.  His passion for teaching, mentoring and the Osteopathic profession were the driving force behind the establishment of this scholarship*.


*Funding for the Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Scholarship is made possible through generous donations to the Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Fund.  Those wishing to donate to this excellent cause may do so by clicking the secure donation button at the bottom of this page, or donations can be made online


Award Info:     (Back to Top)

Winner(s) of the Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Scholarship will be awarded $500 towards transportation and four (4) nights lodging at the Annual Convention and will be spotlighted at the Conclave.

Award Criteria:     (Back to Top)

  • The Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Scholarship will be awarded, annually, up to two (2) Resident members based on their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to the osteopathic profession.
  • All nominations MUST be made by a Program Director.
  • Letters of Nomination should be sent to the Awards & Honors Chair as well as the AOCA Office
  • DEALINE for Submission is June 1
  • All awards are reviewed by the Board of Governors for final approval.


Submission Info:     (Back to Top)

Please submit all nominations to the Awards & Honors Chair, Suzanne Huffnagle, by email AND to the AOCA office by email


Annual Memorial Walk/Run:     (Back to Top)

This is a family event so be sure to bring the whole family!  The AOCA will host a Memorial Walk/Run at the Annual Convention to raise awareness and funds for the Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Fund.  This is a great event to take part in and honor the vision and legacy of Dr Ernst.





Pictured second from left, Mrs. Peg Ernst, Dr. Toni Patterson, Dr. Theresa Rickelman, Mr. Patterson



Winners Spotlight:     (Back to Top)

Each year, we will post the winner(s) of the Timothy D. Ernst Memorial Scholarship.  We are hoping that with each passing year, the legacy that Dr. Ernst has left will make a difference in the lives of the winning Residents.


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