World AIDS Day speaker

Monday, Dec. 1

Irvine 194

5:15 p.m.

Elizabeth Lottes, D.O., will speak on history of HIV/AIDS care. One of multiple

events for World AIDS Day. Open to all students. Contact Alicia Boards, 740.593.2465 or

Lunchtime seminar

Monday, Dec. 8

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

noon - 1 p.m.

"Transforming Health Care: Making Health Care Accessible to Transgender Patients."

Videoconferencing available to CORE sites and Grosvenor 303 conference room. Contact Vickey Haller, 740.593.2258 or

2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium

April 22-26

Hilton Columbus, Easton Town Center

in the news

HCOM students see benefits of working unpaid internships
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Oct. 31
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Two HCOM students ran through Ebola outbreak simulation
The Post
Nov. 4
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Free tobacco cessation help offered to pregnant women
The Athens Messenger
Nov. 6
Digital reconstruction restores rare dino skull
Nov. 7
Can mental exercise prevent unused muscles from getting weaker?
Medical News Today
Nov. 25

alumni in the news

Faculty member, alum Tim Law wins AOA mentor award
The Athens Messenger
Nov. 4
The Post
Nov. 7
Nov. 7


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Schweitzer fellow prescribes books for young patients

A project organized by Heritage College student and Schweitzer fellow Anne Flower is working to intervene early in the lives of area children.


Flower's Reach Out and Read program aims to instill the joys of literacy by enlisting volunteer readers to demonstrate read-aloud behavior for parents and engage kids, and by giving the children books to read at home.



College research links mental imagery, muscle strength

Researchers at the Heritage College have found that mental imagery exercises can prevent muscles from getting weaker after the muscles have not been used for extended periods of time. This finding has potential implications for patients undergoing neurorehabilitation, such as those who have suffered a stroke. It is also a major breakthrough for scientists and clinicians because it offers encouraging, new evidence about the role of the nervous system in muscle weakness.  


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Researchers mix math, biology to stop pneumonia

An Ohio University mathematician and a Heritage College bacteriologist are joining forces to try to prevent pneumonia in hospital patients on ventilators, a common health care-acquired infection.

The researchers received a $10,000 seed grant earlier this year from the medical college's Research and Scholarly Affairs Committee to study how to identify strains of bacteria growing on hospital ventilator filters. They hope that their work could lead to a new bedside diagnostic tool that could detect bacteria early and thwart pneumonia cases.

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Online events calendar becomes more inclusive

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Heritage College plans to debut a new version of its online events calendar. The new calendar is meant to allow better coordination of events among the college's three campuses.


"The thinking was to come up with one calendar that any one of the three campuses could look at, and be able to choose event dates that would work for everyone," explained Eric McFadden, digital media support technician with the Office of Medical Informatics. McFadden was one of a team put together to look into improving the online calendar.


The new calendar will look much like the old one located here, but will be better synchronized among college departments and campuses. It will draw events from multiple units around the college, including the Dublin and Cleveland campuses, CORE, and student events. A person viewing it will be able to filter its content, to include some or all of the event sources. An online fill-in-the-blanks events form will make it possible for any department or office to submit events for inclusion in the calendar, and each participating unit has designated two employees to handle calendar input.

CHP adds more screenings for breast cancer month

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, nearly 50 women received free and reduced-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings through Heritage College Community Health Programs. Screenings are offered throughout the year, but CHP held additional screenings and educational outreach to uninsured and underinsured area women in October.


Most women who use the services say they would not have been screened if it weren't for the program. Almost all of the program's patients (91 percent) are uninsured and unlikely to have regular medical check-ups.


"When breast cancer is caught early, there is a 98 percent five-year survival rate," said Carrie Johnson, R.N., nurse coordinator of the Breast and Cervical Program. "So, programs like ours can mean the difference between life and death for women in underserved medical areas."


Last year the college screened more than 440 women at 69 clinics in Appalachian Ohio counties. More than 1,300 people received breast health education at health fairs, school presentations and community events. The Susan G. Komen Columbus® foundation provides most of the funding for the breast cancer screenings and gave CHP $80,309 this year.

human resources 
New hires

Victor Heh, Ph.D., CORE biostatistician, joined Academic Afffairs at our Dublin campus on Oct. 1. He can be reached in MEB1-434 at 614.793.5564.





Alexander Vaughn, facilities coordinator, joined the Dublin Campus on Sept. 29.  He can be reached in MEB1-106K at 614-793-5601.



Lee Ann Williams, senior clinical project manager, joined the Office of Research and Grants-CTRU Unit on Oct. 1.  She can be reached in Irvine 221, Athens campus, at 740.593.2239. 



Rachel Clift, M.S.N., senior clinical project manager, joined the Office of Research and Grants-CTRU Unit on Oct. 1.  She can be reached in Irvine 221A, Athens campus, at 740.593-2233.




Dawn Graham, Ph.D., lecturer, joined the Department of Social Medicine on Oct.13. She had previously served as a project director in the department of  Family Medicine. She can be reached in Grosvenor 309, Athens campus, at 740.593.2212.



Jaime Costales, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, joined the Biomedical Sciences Department on Oct. 15.  He can be reached at Irvine 334, Athens campus, at 740.593.2386.




Shinichi Amano, Ph.D., research scientist, joined the Office of Research and Grants-CTRU Unit on Oct. 16. He can be reached at Irvine Hall 251, Athens campus, at 740.593.2530.


Carole Merckle, R.N., became assistant director, Area Health Education Center/ Community Health Programs, on Nov. 3. She had previously worked for CHP as a diabetes nurse-educator. She can be reached in Grosvenor 021, Athens campus, at 740.593.2567.



Terra Ndubuizu, M.B.A., director of campus administration, joined the Cleveland Campus on Nov. 10. She can be reached at the Cleveland Campus at TBD.

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Speaker: Primary care docs can play research role 
With ever-increasing emphasis being put on improving the quality and efficiency of U.S. health care, the time for more primary care research is very much upon us, according to a family medicine physician who says he first became a researcher almost by necessity.

"I didn't do a lot of research in undergraduate school or in medical school," recalled John Hickner, M.D., M.Sc., in a talk at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Oct. 16. "I never saw myself as a researcher, but I did see myself as very curious."