COCA comprehensive site visit

Nov. 3-7

Athens and Dublin campuses

Contact Theresa Lester, 740.593.4678 or

Diabetes Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 6

Grover W115

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Frank Schwartz, M.D., "Using Technology to Help Control Diabetes"

Click here for more information, and click here for more Diabetes Awareness Month events

CORE Premed reception

Tuesday, Nov. 11

OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital

7500 Hospital Drive

Dublin, Ohio

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Contact Michael Rice, 740.593.2159, or 

Rural Improv: "You know you're a rural doc if..."

Thursday, Nov. 13

Grosvenor 128

Noon - 1 p.m.

A panel of three rural physicians reminisce about their experiences. Streamed to Dublin in MEB1-415.

RSVP by Nov. 10 to

OOA study break

Saturday, Nov. 15

OU Inn & Conference Center, Athens

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Contact Daniel Krajcik at

Lunchtime Seminar

Monday, Nov. 17

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

Jay Shubrook, D.O., will discuss "The Dangers of Hypoglycemia."

Videoconferencing to OU-HCOM CORE sites; Grosvenor Hall 017; Washington County Department of Jobs and Family Services; Woodland Centers; and Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. CE credit available. For more information

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College reaps honors at annual OMED conference

At this year's OMED Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition of the American Osteopathic Association, a number of Heritage College faculty, students, alumni and friends received awards from the American Osteopathic Foundation and the AOA.


The following were honored during the conference, which took place Oct. 25-29 in Seattle:

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

  • Timothy Law ('94) , D.O., M.B.A., assistant professor of family medicine; director of the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program; medical director for the Clinical and Translational Research Unit, was named the AOA Mentor of the Year. Watch the AOA video here

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

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

  • Ashley Fuentes, OMS III, received the AOF Welch Scholars Grant

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

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


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NIH funds study to track how Chagas spreads
Mario Grijalva
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a $407,558 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the geographic transmission patterns of the parasite that causes Chagas, a potentially fatal disease infecting about 11 million people in Mexico, Central America and South America. Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of the Tropical Disease Institute, is working with a collection of universities around the world to better understand how this deadly disease is disseminated in southern Ecuador and northern Peru.
Grant to fund research on loss of muscle strength
Brian Clark
Weakened muscles in people over the age of 65 may not be caused by a loss of muscle mass. Provocative results from several studies suggest that reduced muscle function may be tied to brain and nervous system activity.
Now, a $1,376,867 grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will allow researchers including Brian Clark, Ph.D., to more closely examine that connection.

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for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.


Symbolic artwork unveiled at Cleveland campus 
As preparations accelerate for the new Cleveland medical school campus, Ohio University and the Heritage College unveiled a symbolic artwork that will greet visitors to the new site during an Oct. 21 reception at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art.

The work, a glass wall etched with a mural of a Yoshino cherry tree, will grace the entrance to the Heritage College medical education building on Cleveland Clinic's South Pointe Hospital campus in Warrensville Heights. The first class of 50 students will begin their studies on the new campus in July 2015.


Emergency Medicine Club wins ACOEP award

The student Emergency Medicine Club at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been honored as student chapter of the year for 2014, by the American College of Emergency Physicians.


The student group had a strong showing of 10 attendees at ACOEP's fall meeting, which took place Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas. According to chapter President Andy Leubitz, OSM-II, the group not only has a major presence at the Heritage College - with a focus on skill labs, interdisciplinary simulation labs, volunteering, research, philanthropy, and guest lectures - but also a strong involvement with ACOEP on the national level, as reflected by the number of positions in the organization that are held by Heritage College students.


The club's faculty adviser is Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. ('97), an assistant professor teaching emergency medicine and associate dean of academic affairs. Leubitz stressed that the ACOEP award was the result of a major effort by both the 2013 and 2014 executive boards of the chapter. 

Summer Scholars still attracting top students
The annual Heritage College Summer Scholars program, offered since 1982, gives 22 undergraduate students from around Ohio and the nation a taste of what it's like to start medical school. In addition to its educational value, the program also serves as an important recruiting tool for the college.

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Research Day keeps getting bigger and better
Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., at Research Day
Our annual Research Day continued to grow in its 13th year, with 63 poster entries on display on the Irvine Hall bricks in Athens Sept. 17. That's up from 48 posters at last year's Research Day. The Dublin campus hosted a parallel Research Day event as well.


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Event highlights interprofessional collaboration
Reflecting a nationwide trend toward a more team-based approach to health care, faculty and students in Ohio University's health-centered colleges are engaging in a growing number of interprofessional education and research initiatives.


The most recent is the Interprofessional Education Symposium held Oct. 3 in Grover Center in Athens, co-sponsored by the Heritage College and the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP).



Research shows impact of teaching primary care
Elizabeth Beverly

In what appears to be a first, a research paper by Heritage College and Ohio University faculty has assessed the impact of teaching first-year medical students a course devoted to primary care.


The course is the college's "Introduction to Primary Care," an intensive week-long class launched last year and required for all new students. In a paper published in October in the journal Family Medicine, lead author Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D., and her four co-authors report on the results of a survey to assess how students viewed primary care before and after taking the course; they found improvement in both factual knowledge of the field, and views of its importance.


As the paper suggests, the college is helping lead the way into an area of research hitherto largely unexplored. "To our knowledge, this study is the first of its kind to assess the impact of an intensive course in primary care on first-year medical students' attitudes toward primary care since the passing of (the Patient Protection and Primary Care Act)," it states.


To see the paper, click here.

College contributes to another dino breakthrough

A faculty member from the Heritage College has contributed to a significant new finding about dinosaur breathing.


Lawrence M. Witmer, Ph.D., who is an anatomy professor, Chang professor of paleontology, and director of anatomical resources at the college, was one of the authors of a study published online Oct. 14 in the journal Anatomical Record. The lead author of the paper, Jason M. Bourke, is a doctoral student in biology at Ohio University.


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Two faculty members honored with Trilliums

Two longtime Heritage College faculty members were honored with Trillium awards, one posthumously, during the Oct. 8 Community Forum.


Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., presented the awards to Gerald M. "Jerry" Rubin, D.O., associate professor emeritus of family medicine, and to Margo Marazon, for her husband, the late Daniel J. Marazon, Jr., D.O., who died in March 2012.


In addition to being an assistant professor of family medicine, Marazon had also served as director of the medical practice now known as University Medical Associates and as an interim dean of the college.


Johnson created the Trillium Award in 2013, to recognize those who have made exceptional efforts to help the college thrive and grow. Its glass-sculpture design is based on the white trillium (trillium grandiflorum), Ohio's official state wildflower.


In presenting the awards, Johnson noted that Rubin, who began at the college in 1998 and retired in 2008, still teaches here on a contract basis and continues to receive glowing student evaluations. He called Rubin an outstanding role model for students and an exemplary representative for the college and university through his community service activities.


Of Marazon, Johnson noted that in addition to his teaching career at the college, which started in 1977, Marazon also served 11 months in 2001 as interim dean. He was the team physician for the Ohio University hockey team and was inducted into the team's hall of fame in 2008.

Committee adopts policies on computers, printers

On Oct. 15, our Executive Committee adopted new college policies on distribution of and support for computers and printers. The computer and printer policies, 9.07 and 9.08 respectively, can be accessed here.