Orientation 2014

Monday, July 7, beginning at 10 a.m., Irvine Hall.


39th Annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony
Saturday, July 26,
2 p.m., Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Dublin Opening Celebration 
Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin 
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in the news

Dublin campus in spotlight
The Columbus Dispatch published a front-page story June 28 spotlighting the Heritage College, Dublin and its expected impact on primary care in the region. 
The Dublin Villager published a story July 1 highlighting next week's opening of the campus.

Burke interview
William J. Burke, D.O. ('88), dean of Heritage College, Dublin, talks about his vision for that campus in a WOUB radio interview.

Lorie Thomas, D.O. ('94), has been honored by the National Association of Professional Women as the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Dr. Thomas, a practicing physician at Blanchard Valley Hospital Women & Children's Center in Findlay, Ohio, has a clinical focus that includes all aspects of gynecology with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery.

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Orientation makes room for 50 new Dublin students

Orientation for the incoming Class of 2018 will look much like it has for the past few years -- only 35 percent bigger.


The first class of 50 students from Dublin will join 140 incoming students from Athens for two days of orientation July 7-8, before having their first day on the new campus July 9. Orientation, plus an introduction to the Heritage College curriculum, will continue for both Athens and Dublin students through Friday, July 11.


"The main thing that is different this year is that we're bringing in the Dublin students," said Marie Barone, director of student affairs.


Dublin students will board buses at 7 a.m. on July 7 to travel to Athens, where they'll spend two days learning about the osteopathic profession, the college and its mission, and issues such as professionalism.


The combined orientation starts at 10 a.m. Monday with an opening session in Baker Center Ballroom, and runs through 5 p.m. Tuesday when the group will be welcomed by Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O.


On Monday evening, the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends will host an Alumni and Friends Student Welcome Dinner, when all incoming students will receive stethoscopes courtesy of alumni donors.  


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Dublin campus is gearing up for launch day

The monument sign is in place and flags are flying high over the Heritage College, Dublin in anticipation of next week's opening. Approximately 18 months after we received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to begin recruiting for our new campus in central Ohio, we are prepared to welcome the first class of 50 students.


On Monday, July 7, students from Dublin will begin two days of orientation with their counterparts in Athens before having their first day on the new campus July 9 (see story above for more details about orientation). The full class of 190 students from Athens and Dublin will gather again in Athens on Saturday, July 26, for the Heritage College's 39th Annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony.  


Next week's Dublin campus opening marks an important milestone for the college as we expand our efforts to train physicians to meet the medical needs of citizens throughout Ohio. This effort would not have been possible without the dedication and support of the Heritage College family, who have worked tirelessly throughout the last several months to ensure that the campus is ready for our students.


All Heritage College faculty, staff and students are invited to the Dublin campus Saturday, Aug. 23, for the official Opening Celebration, featuring a special performance by the Ohio University Marching 110 and campus tours. Faculty and staff from both Dublin and Athens also will gather for a special luncheon in Dublin on Friday, Aug. 22.

OHIO Board of Trustees OKs start of construction for Cleveland campus

At its meeting June 27, the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved a resolution to proceed with construction of the Heritage College, Cleveland. The project will involve $20.2 million in renovations to existing facilities on Cleveland Clinic's South Pointe Hospital campus in Warrensville Heights, about 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland.

The two architects involved in the project are the Design Group of Columbus and Perspectus Architecture of Cleveland. Overseeing construction is Cleveland's Donley Inc.

On June 24, Isaac Kirstein, D.O., dean of Heritage College, Cleveland, hosted a reception for Cleveland-area physicians to provide information and networking opportunities for the campus. Dr. Kirstein updated the 50 visiting physicians on the status of construction plans and next steps in the project. The attendees experienced a demonstration of the multi-campus, integrated learning technology that will link Heritage College's three campuses. The reception also included presentations from Heritage College's John Schriner, Ph.D., assistant dean for admissions, and Chris Albrecht, senior director of development and executive director of alumni affairs. Both described opportunities for Cleveland-area physicians to get involved with the campus, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

Visiting researcher tells seniors how to stay strong
 Dr. Michael Tieland speaks at the Athens Community Center about his research into maintaining muscle mass while aging.
Getting older doesn't have to mean getting drastically weaker. That was the good news delivered to an audience of around 100 Athens community members by a visiting European researcher at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In a community seminar sharing findings from his and others' research on the effects of nutrition and exercise on muscle mass in older adults, Michael Tieland, Ph.D., invoked the example of the late Jack LaLanne. Long before Jane Fonda began making workout videos, LaLanne was preaching the gospel of exercise plus proper nutrition for healthy aging.


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AOA leadership team visits Athens to talk strategy 

From left, John Schriner, Ph.D., assistant dean for admissions, gives a lab tour of the gross anatomy lab to the AOA's Catherine Galligan, Charles Simpson and Adrienne White-Faines.
A leadership delegation from the American Osteopathic Association visited Heritage College last month to explore ways the two organizations can partner to help elevate primary care and the osteopathic profession on the national stage.
Visiting June 3 were
Adrienne White-Faines, AOA executive director (at right in photo);
Catherine Galligan,
chief operating officer; and Charles Simpson, chief communications officer and associate executive director.

The three toured the college and talked with various groups about research initiatives, communication strategies, the Cleveland campus, and plans for a single accreditation system for graduate medical education.

Biknevicius is honored with Trillium award

Audrone Biknevicius, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences, was presented with a Trillium award on June 11 by Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., who cited her integral role in helping to prepare for the opening of the Dublin campus, along with her transformational leadership in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.


Dr. Biknevicius joined Heritage College in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She served as the department's associate chair from 2003 to 2008, and its chair from 2008 to 2013. She will be teaching at the Dublin campus.


The award, named for the state flower, symbolizes the college's growth as it expands from one campus to three. It is presented to recognize individuals who have supported the college and made exceptional efforts to help it thrive and grow.

Ohio University launches new translational biomedical sciences doctoral program
Ohio University has launched a new doctoral program in translational biomedical sciences that will give students a broad base of knowledge to tackle complex health issues.

Students and faculty affiliated with the program will be eligible for five new research fellowships and awards funded in part by a $2 million gift from Ohio University faculty and staff donors John Kopchick, Ph.D., a longtime faculty member in the Heritage College, and his wife, Char, along with $1.9 million in matching support from five university colleges and offices.


The translational biomedical sciences program, approved by the Ohio Board of Regents last month, is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio.




Head to online store for college logo merchandise

Looking for apparel with Heritage College's logo and its "Care Leads Here" messaging? You can find it in the online store sponsored by the college's Society of Alumni and Friends.
Hats, shirts, cups and more are available, with more to come. And proceeds from the store benefit student initiatives in the college.


human resources 
New hires

Ann Dietrich, M.D., associate professor of primary care (lead), joined the Department of Pediatrics on May 1. She can be reached at the Dublin campus at 614.793.5558.

Tara Stowe, administrative assistant, joined the Office of Admissions on June 6. She can be reached in Grosvenor 102 at 740.593.2148.



April Loudner-Maffin, curriculum coordinator, joined Heritage College on June 16. She can be reached in Grosvenor Hall 234 or at 740.597.1562.

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