Dean's Office Hours

Wednesday, Aug. 13,

3-4 p.m.

Grosvenor 202, Athens

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., invites college employees to drop in and talk to him. First come, first served; 20 minutes per person. Appointment times are also available by e-mailing (include meeting topic in e-mail). 

BBQ Picnic

Saturday, Aug. 16,  

Noon-5 p.m.

Strouds Run State Park, Athens

The American Medical Student Association and Ohio University LGBT Center are holding a BBQ Picnic for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students, faculty, staff and families. Rain or shine, Bobcat Pavilion (next to the boat launch). Burgers, hotdogs,and veggie alternatives provided, or bring a dish to share. RSVP by clicking here.
Dubin Opening Celebration
Saturday, Aug. 23

Dublin campus

The online RSVP option

for the Saturday main event of the Dublin campus opening is still available. So what are you waiting for? Don't forget it includes a performance by Ohio University's Marching 110 band!

Dublin Open
Monday, Aug. 25
11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tartan Fields Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

The inaugural Dublin Open Golf Outing, part of the opening celebration of the new Dublin campus, will help support Heritage College student scholarships. Register here

Research Day

Wednesday, Sept. 17

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Bricks, Irvine Hall, Athens

This year's research projects will represent a broad range of projects in clinical medicine, biomedical and biological sciences, social medicine and other health-related disciplines. Deadline for poster submission is Aug. 25. For more information contact 740.593.2333 or

in the news

Summer program leads to med school acceptance for Xenia resident

Xenia Gazette and Fairborn Daily Herald,

July 31

Click here.

Local doctor loses license; state med board cites drug impairment

The Athens NEWS, Aug. 3

Click here.

alumni in the news

Terry Johnson

Ohio State Rep. Terry Johnson, D.O. ('91) was recognized by House Speaker William Batchelder Aug. 7, for having won the Heritage College's Phillips Medal of Public Service. Johnson, a family practice physician in Scioto County, and a clinical associate professor and CORE assistant dean for the college, received the award at the July 26 convocation ceremony.

Margaret Lionberger

A 2000 Heritage College graduate has been named a "Super Doc" by her employer. Margaret Lionberger, D.O., has practiced family medicine for Holzer Health Systems in Athens since 2003. She was given Holzer's Super Doc award for summer quarter 2014; the award is based partly on patient feedback, and goes to a physician who "meets standards for quality, care, service, stewardship, teamwork, and provides a helpful and caring attitude."


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College has major presence at historic AOA meeting
Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O.

Several physicians and educators connected to the Heritage College were named to leadership positions

within the American Osteopathic Association during last month's annual meeting of AOA's House of Delegates in Chicago.

As one of the appointments made by incoming AOA president Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., was named to a two-year term as chair of AOA's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. Johnson also was re-appointed to a seat on the commission as a public college dean.

Students learn from African health care providers
Stephen Sankar, OMS-IV, with senior nursing student Zachary Kelly in Botswana.

Five Heritage College students joined with 11 other Ohio University students in the fields of nursing, pre-medicine and communication in June to pursue a variety of learning and research initiatives relating to public health in the African nation of Botswana.


These 16 students were part of the Botswana Healthcare Program, under the auspices of (and with funding from) the Global Health Initiative, a joint program of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions.



President McDavis blogs College commencement

On July 1, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, Ph.D., kicked off his new blog, "From the President's Desk," with a post in which he looked back on his 10 years (so far) at the Bobcat helm. Since then, President McDavis has used his blog to muse on topics such as Ohio's Kids on Campus program, and to introduce his own personal "Top 10 list" feature.


On July 27, he devoted his blog space to thoughts prompted by the previous day's Heritage College convocation ceremony, in which the college welcomed its largest class ever of 190 students. The event marked an historic moment - the first time in the college's 39-year history that it had enrolled a class made up of students from campuses in Athens and Dublin.


Noting that osteopathic medicine has always emphasized a holistic approach to treating patients, President McDavis wrote that as he took part in the convocation ceremony, "I couldn't help but wonder if this 'whole-person' approach also explains the transformative power of our osteopathic program."

JAOA prints research article by Heritage authors 

An article by two Heritage College authors, offering a blueprint for strengthening research at osteopathic medical colleges, has been published in the latest issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

The article, co-authored by Brian Clark, Ph.D., and Jack Blazyk, Ph.D., is titled, "Research in the Osteopathic Medical Profession: Roadmap to Recovery." Clark is director of the Ohio Muskuloskeletal and Neurological Institute, and Blazyk is interim associate dean for research and grants.

The piece comes at a time when the Heritage College is in the midst of a major effort to review and improve its research agenda. (See related article in Focus Forward section of Rounds).

Much of the discussion so far has been in connection with a proposal for a primary care research strategy and initiative, drafted by Blazyk.

College begins publishing newsletter just for alums

On July 30, the Heritag e College launched an e-newsletter just for its alumni and friends. The first issue of the new publication, called Touchpoints, went out to more than 2,000 alums.


The newsletter included information about the launch of the Dublin campus and the inaugural Dublin Open golf event, as well as a message from the president of the college's Society of Alumni and Friends, Gregory Hill, D.O. ('86).


The Office of Alumni Affairs plans to publish Touchpoints monthly as a way for the college to keep in touch with its graduates. Read the first issue here.

Alumni board seeking member nominations
The Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends is seeking new board members. Nominate an outstanding alum or friend of the college. Nominations are due Sept. 15. Members serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1 and participate in three annual board meetings. To submit a nomination, click here.
College official named to NIST examiners board
Debra McBride, coordinator of Global Health Programs at the Heritage College, has been named by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology to the board of examiners for the 2014 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The award is the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence by a U.S. organization.
human resources 
New hires 
Luke Robinson, D.O. ('10), assistant  clinical professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine, joined the OMM Department on Aug. 1.  He can be reached at 740.593.1242 (via administrative assistant Heather Hively).

In each issue of ROUNDS, look here for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.


Forums to discuss plans for research, education


All Heritage College faculty are invited to attend two forums on Wednesday, Sept. 3, to discuss the college's Collaborative Research Plan and Transformative Education Plan.


The two forums will take place in Grosvenor Hall 113 on the Athens campus, and in a to-be-determined location on the Dublin campus. Video-teleconferencing will be available for those who can't attend in person, and the discussions will also be recorded.


The research forum is scheduled for 7:30-10 a.m. The forum on transformative education will take place immediately afterward, from 10 a.m.-noon.


More information will be coming through e-mail in the days ahead. The research team will also be placing additional information and instructions for accessing materials onto Blackboard in the near future.

Class lists created for Dublin, Athens sites


With the opening of our Dublin campus, separate class lists have been created in Outlook for the class of 2018 cohorts at the Athens and Dublin campuses, in addition to the overall Class of 2018 list.


The three lists are called OU-HCOM Class of 2018; OU-HCOM Class of 2018 - Athens; and OU-HCOM Class of 2018 - Dublin.


These targeted e-mail lists allow faculty, staff and students to communicate easily with the specific group of students they need to reach. When e-mailing students, please consider whether your message is relevant to the entire class, or to only the Athens or Dublin cohort, and select the appropriate distribution list.