CORE Premed Reception

Tuesday, Sept. 23

St. John Medical Center

29000 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Alum lecture

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Grosvenor 113
noon-1 p.m.

Tim Kubacki, D.O. ('90) will discuss his experience in bringing health care to remote areas of Angola, and the opportunity for students to take part in 4th-year internationl rotations there. Available via teleconference in Dublin, MEBI Room 415.

Body donor memorial

Monday, Sept. 29

3 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.

Baker Center Ballroom

Medical students are asked to wear white coats to identify themselves to donor's families. Refreshments will be served following the service. 

Interprofessional Education Symposium
Friday, Oct. 3

Grover Center

8 a.m. - noon

Offsite access details TBA.
Register here.

Community Forum

Wednesday, Oct. 8 

Irvine 194

noon-1 p.m.
Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., will recognize the college's many accomplishments in the past year. Can be viewed in Dublin in MEBI Room 415.

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It's Happening in Dublin - Sept. 12

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A news feature on the opening of the Dublin campus.

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Dublin campus opening draws hundreds to celebrate
Hundreds of people from throughout the state joined with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for a weekend of activities designed to commemorate the opening of our new Dublin campus.
The main event on Saturday, Aug. 23, drew more than 500 people to the new campus for a day of celebration and tours. Calling the event a day that was "years in the making," Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., said the "stunning" campus is only the most visible part of a much larger transformation for the college.

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College anatomists contribute to major dinosaur find

Heritage College faculty are playing an important role in a discovery that's making big news in the world of paleontology and beyond - the unearthing of the fossil remains of a new species of dinosaur.


The discovery was announced by the National Science Foundation

Sept. 8, and has made news in multiple media outlets, including: 


Yahoo! News

The Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times Online

New York Daily News Online

Discovery News

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Hands-on course gives students clinical head start

When it comes to suturing a cut, performing a spinal tap or filling out an electronic health record, a medical student can learn only so much from reading and observation.


That's why all physicians-in-training entering their third year at the Heritage College must complete an intensive, hands-on course that engages them in more than a dozen common clinical procedures, from scrubbing for surgery to splinting a limb.


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College leads way in teaching primary care

These days, it seems, everyone in the medical profession is talking about the importance of primary care. So it must be an important part of the curriculum at most medical schools, right?


For the most part, the answer appears to be no, but our college is one exception. Last year, the Heritage College launched its "Introduction to Primary Care" course for first-year students, and researchers here have completed a soon-to-be-published study on its impact.


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New policies adopted on travel, food and lodging

The Executive Committee has adopted changes to college policies in three areas: Room scheduling, food expenses and local travel reimbursement. The changes can be found in sections 6.02, 5.01 and 5.02 of the college's policies and procedures document, which can be accessed here.

Funds obtained for quality improvement training study

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a grant to study how osteopathic medical schools incorporate lessons about quality improvement into the curriculum. The study is a collaborative effort between three universities and the research office for the Heritage College's Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE). CORE is a statewide consortium of teaching hospitals in Ohio. 


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AOF awards announced

At this year's Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition, a number of Heritage College faculty, students, alumni or friends will be receiving awards from the American Osteopathic Foundation.


The following persons are slated to be honored at the conference, which takes place Oct. 25-29 in Seattle:

  • Leonard Calabrese, D.O., longtime college advocate and clinical assistant professor - Physician of the Year

  • The Diabetes Institute, Executive Director Darlene Berryman, Ph.D.; Clinical Division Director Jay Shubrook, D.O. ('96) - Excellence in Diabetes Care Award

  • David Heath, D.O., winner of 2013 OU-HCOM/CORE Outstanding Resident/Physician Award - Outstanding Resident of the Year

  • Ashley Fuentes, OMS III - Welch Scholars Grant

  • Kristen Conrad-Schnetz, D.O. ('09) - Rossnick Humanitarian Grant

  • Nicole Kuroiwa, spouse of Joshua Kuroiwa, D.O. ('14) - Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award

Student group holds blood drive

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is sponsoring a blood drive in Athens Sept. 22, with the help of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio.


Heritage College students, faculty, staff and others are asked to remember that while donating blood is simple, it makes a big difference in the lives of those who need it.


One to three blood donor slots are available in Grosvenor 113, in 15-minute increments from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Not all times are available, and the number of donors that can be accommodated varies from slot to slot. Donors should set up an appointment.


For more information or to schedule a donation time, contact Nicholas Cundiff, OMS-II, at or 419.202.1090.

Dean Johnson, among others, gets iced for ALS

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., was only one of a number of college notables (including many students) who took the "ice bucket challenge" to raise money to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).


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human resources 
New hires

Jody Gerome, D.O. ('05), CORE assistant dean at OhioHealth O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, added this role July 11 to her current faculty position as assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology. She can be reached in Parks Hall 107 in Athens at 740.593.2180.


Sam Leitkam, Ph.D., biomedical research engineer, joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences Aug. 4. He can be reached in Grover Center W262A in Athens.





Nadine Borovicka, program coordinator, joined the Office of Advanced Studies Aug.18. She can be reached in Grosvenor 022 in Athens at 740.593.9791.




Tiffani Hart, administrative associate, joined the Office of Research and Grants-CTRU Unit Aug. 28. She can be reached in Irvine 221A in Athens at 740.566.9873.





Melissa Standley, director of operations,
Diabetes Institute, joined the Diabetes Institute Sept. 1. She can be reached at Konneker 108D in Athens.




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for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.


College choosing biggest entering class in its history

With one new campus operational in Dublin, and a second set to open in Cleveland next year, the Office of Admissions is facing the welcome challenge of interviewing candidates for an unprecedented 240 first-year slots in the class of 2019 - 140 in Athens, and 50 each at Dublin and Cleveland. Admissions officials estimate they will interview around 460 candidates by the time the process ends in April.


Formal interviews began Friday, Sept.12. Already by that time, more than 3,000 applications had been received for the available openings, up more than 24 percent from the same time last year. As of that date 10 applicants had already been accepted for the Athens campus, and one each for Dublin and Cleveland.


A dozen physicians each from OhioHealth and Cleveland Clinic will be part of the interview team, with the latter group taking part in the process via teleconference. A memorandum of understanding stipulates that OhioHealth play a part in interviewing candidates for the Dublin campus, and college officials chose to bring in Cleveland Clinic in an interviewing role as well, in order to take a similar approach with the Cleveland campus and enhance awareness of the college's new presence in northeastern Ohio. OhioHealth is the pre-eminent education partner for the Dublin campus; the college is developing its Cleveland campus in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic at South Pointe Hospital.

The growth in the student body size from the addition of new campuses reflects the college's ambitious campaign to increase even further its production of well-trained primary care physicians who will practice in Ohio after graduation.


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.