Heritage College Homecoming Tailgate 

Saturday, Oct. 11,  

11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m., Pepsi Tailgreat Park, Athens, Ohio. Tailgate party celebrates the reunion of Heritage College Classes of 1984, 1994, and 2004.  



AOA OMED Alumni Reception  

Monday, Oct. 27,
6 p.m. Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Washington.


College Recruiting for Cleveland Campus Faculty
The Heritage College Cleveland opens for classes July 2015. Faculty are being sought for Primary Care and OMM teaching positions: 


Assistant/Associate Lecturer - Lead Primary Care Faculty 

Seeking a primary care physician for a lead faculty teaching position. The time commitment for this position will be a minimum of 24 hours per week.


Assistant Lecturer - Primary Care Faculty
Seeking four primary care physicians for part-time faculty teaching positions.


Assistant Lecturer -OMM Faculty
Seeking two OMM physicians for part-time faculty teaching positions.

For full position descriptions and contact information, click on the hyperlinks above or here.

In Memoriam
Thomas A. Thesing, D.O., age 82, died on August 22, 2014 at home on Daniel Island, South Carolina.

Following graduation from the Des Moines University and internship at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, OH, he was in general practice in Centerville, OH, until 1976, when he joined the U.S. Air Force.

In 1980, he moved into academic medicine as an associate professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. At the Heritage College, he provided clinical care services at the Coolville Clinic, served as clinical preceptor and OMM instructor, and was on the admissions' committee.

Dr. Thesing retired from the college in 1998. Loved by the students he served, he received many awards including emeritus status.

Messages of sympathy for Dr. Thesing's family may be sent in care of Laurie Lach, Director of Alumni Affairs, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1 Ohio University, 225 Grosvenor Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701.

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A Day in the Life 

From attending lectures to participating in clinical skills training or community service activities, a day in the life of a medical student can be exhilarating, hectic, challenging and fun, as you'll see in the "day in the life" series featured on this page. 


Attending medical school can also be quite expensive.


In fact, though the Heritage College's tuition is among the lowest for medical schools in the state, a day in the life of one of our students still costs around $91.


Scholarships help us recruit outstanding students, ensuring that they can afford to attend and stay. We depend largely on private support to attract these promising young people and ensure that their dream of becoming a physician is within financial reach.


Please join us in supporting a day in the life of a medical student by making a $91 contribution to student scholarships today! Make an online gift here, by choosing "Make a One Time Gift" and selecting "A Day in the Life" from the dropdown menu.

message from the dean of the heritage college, dublin
Emergence of our new campus sparks pride in this alumnus    
William J. Burke, D.O.

What a difference a year can make!

A year ago I was the "dean of one," and now we have a beautiful, fully functional campus complete with faculty, staff and our students. The energy is incredible! The opening of the Heritage College, Dublin holds special significance for me, as dean of our newest campus and as a proud Heritage College graduate. On July 7, 2014 our Class of 2014 began its osteopathic medical studies, with 140 students on the Athens campus and 50 here in Dublin. The Dublin students began their medical school careers with a road trip to Athens for a combined orientation.


No matter which campus they have chosen, all of our students enjoy extraordinary educational opportunities because of the extensive talents of our faculty and the many physician-educators we draw upon throughout the state. Our alumni and friends continue to step up and serve as valuable teachers, role models and mentors for our students, and we appreciate your dedication and commitment to educating the next generation of osteopathic physicians from the Heritage College.


We are grateful to OhioHealth, our preeminent education partner, for the Dublin campus, and for the commitment to provide rotation slots for the Dublin students. This enables our students to complete all four years of medical school right here in central Ohio. We have also worked with our other health care partners in the region, including Nationwide Children's Hospital, Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, and the Mount Carmel System, to provide unparalleled clinical experiences for our students as well.


As the college's reputation grows, so does our applicant pool. Nearly 4,500 aspiring osteopathic physicians applied for the 190 slots in this year's class, and with our Early Assurance Programs with five universities throughout the state -- including Ohio Dominican University and Otterbein University in central Ohio -- our future looks brighter than ever. Overall, 91 percent of this class is from Ohio, and among our Dublin students, that figure is even higher at 96 percent.


Many of you were able to join us during the extended weekend of August 22-25 as we commemorated the grand opening of the Heritage College Dublin. For those of you who were unable to travel to central Ohio, you missed one heck of a celebration! But fear not, as our communications team has developed a video so you can share in the excitement of the Marching 110, remarks by our executive dean and benefactors, the ribbon cuttings and comments from some of the students in our inaugural class.     


Watch the Dublin opening celebration video here.

This is a remarkable time for the Heritage College, with the opening of the Dublin campus and the preparations taking place for our third campus at South Pointe Hospital in the greater Cleveland area as well. As an alumnus or friend of the college, you should take great pride in all that we have and are accomplishing together.  


Thank you!


college news

Heritage College leads the 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 the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is one exception. Last year, the Heritage College launched its "Introduction to Primary Care" course for first-year students, and college researchers have completed a soon-to-be-published study on its impact.


The intensive, weeklong course provides students with a foundation of basic science and clinical knowledge as it relates to primary care and allows them to take part in standardized patient labs and lectures on the doctor-patient relationship to begin developing clinical reasoning skills.


The goal is to give new medical students a sense of what primary care is and why it matters in the medical profession. In the words of instructor-of-record Jane Balbo, D.O., ('07), it addresses the question, "What is it that first-year students really need to know as they begin their journey in the medical world?"

More than $3 million in NIH funding goes to projects of five Heritage College scientists

In the past two months, the National Institutes of Health have awarded more than $3 million to researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The funding will support the health-related studies of five college scientists.

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a day in the life 
Second-year students participate in 13th annual Research Day  
Research Day at the Heritage College comes along every year. In addition to being a fun event for students, faculty and staff, it presents an opportunity for second-year students to present their research. For this month's Day in the Life column, we sat down with physician-in-training Benjamin Oldach, OMS II, above, to talk about his posters and his experiences with research at the college.

What is the focus of your research?

I presented two posters at research day. The first looked at the impact of a pre-operative protocol for patients presenting with a hip fracture at Grant Medical Center. Older patients presenting for hip fracture fixation were delayed getting to surgery while physicians worked to risk-stratify them, so they implemented a protocol in an attempt to speed up their time to surgery and avoid post-surgical complications. The second project used qualitative techniques to investigate knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior toward concussions among collegiate athletes and to identify factors that may impact athlete's likelihood to report concussive symptoms.


What inspired your interest in this/these topic/s?

I have a background in sociology and public health and have interests in social structures and organizations. The delays patients' were experiencing prior to hip fracture surgery were not driven by any individual actors, but seem to be the result of health systems and organizational pressures. This project provided a relatively simple solution (stat pre-operative echocardiography), which seems to speed up time to surgery without compromising patient safety. I was also very impressed by the multidisciplinary nature of the hip fracture committee at Grant and how the members collaborated across specialties to do what will be best for their patients. Concussions are a hot topic right now, however the literature on concussion disclosure doesn't seem to have a very complete understanding of the factors that may drive athletes' decisions to report concussive symptoms. It seemed like a perfect topic to apply qualitative methods to identify new factors that may influence athletes' behavior, which can be addressed through educational programming.

What is the most important thing you have learned from your faculty advisor/mentor?

Dr. Robert Skully at Grant has provided me a wonderful model for how to incorporate clinical practice, research and medical education, and how to drive systems change for the betterment of patients. Dr. Elizabeth Beverly has provided me with wonderful guidance on how to apply familiar methodology to a new topic and how to develop new projects from the ground up.

Has conducting this research inspired you to integrate research into your future career?

I hope to use medical record review and QI as a part of my future practice to ensure that I am providing the best care possible to my patients. Additionally, I hope to continue to incorporate research in domains that haven't traditionally been incorporated into health care but greatly impact patients' health and functional capacity.