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.

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


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.

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message from the society of alumni and friends 
Alumnus and AOA awardee reflects on experiences as a mentor to current students      
Timothy D. Law, Sr., DO ('94), MBA

Dear Alumni and Friends,


I spent the last 20 years since graduation practicing medicine in the military as a proud member of the U.S. Army and then doing house calls among the Amish in the heartland of Kentucky, all the while interacting with students from various medical schools. I have always been grateful for the privileges afforded me by our college. To be able to improve the health of our communities by improving the health of our patients is a powerful tool. The unique opportunity to enter into the intimate details of a person's health care is unmatched in any other career.


Many people have thanked me for "giving back," but I consider it leading forward. Our college's motto is "Care Leads Here." This is a poignant message that has to start with each and every one of us as osteopathic physicians and graduates of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our profession has no future without the development of the next generation of DOs. We have an amazing resource and some of the best students I have seen in my career since returning as a faculty member to our college.


I challenge each and every one of us to continue the fine work we all do with our patients and communities, and I also implore us all to share those experiences with our students. It is OK to let them see the person behind the white coat. It is OK that they know you are a person with real hopes and dreams, problems and dilemmas inside and outside the office. Show them what it is like to be a professional while also being a person and vital member of your family and the community -- our community! Show them that care truly does lead here with each and every one of us. Lead our students and our profession forward...and let it begin here!

Timothy D. Law, Sr., DO ('94), MBA

Vice President

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Society of Alumni and Friends

Dr. Law is the 2014 recipient of the American Osteopathic Association's Mentor of the Year Award. He was honored last week at the 2014 OMED Conference and Exposition. View a brief video detailing Dr. Law's accomplishments here.    
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Event sets stage for July 2015 opening of Heritage College, Cleveland

As preparations accelerate for its new campus in Cleveland, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine unveiled symbolic artwork that will greet visitors to its 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.

Alumni and students converge for second annual Heritage College Homecoming tailgate party 

More than 100 Heritage College alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered on Oct. 11 at Ohio University's Tailgreat Park for the Society of Alumni and Friends' second annual Homecoming tailgate party. Partygoers enjoyed catching up with one another before heading to Peden Stadium to watch Ohio University take on Bowling Green.

Scenes from OMED 2014 Seattle 

The Pacific Science Center provided a unique backdrop for the Heritage College's most recent alumni gathering in Seattle, held Oct. 27 in conjunction with the 2014 AOA OMED convention. Dozens of alumni came together to learn about college happenings, celebrate our honorees (see related story in the left sidebar), and enjoy the museum's tropical butterfly exhibit.

a day in the life 
Summer Scholars still attracting top students after more than 30 years

Taking part in a unique summer program offered by Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine helped one young Xenia woman win exactly the prize she had her eyes on - acceptance as a medical student.

Nateka Faison, 21, a senior majoring in biology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, received her medical school acceptance in July, soon after she completed a monthlong stint in the Summer Scholars program at the Heritage College's Athens campus. While she was ready to apply elsewhere if need be, Faison said the Heritage College had long been her first choice.


"Basically, it was up to them to choose me," she said. When she learned by phone that she had made it, she recalled, "Oh gosh! I don't even know how to describe it ... It was fun. I cried."


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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