Alumni Reception at the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine

Fri., Jan. 23, 2015, 5:30 pm, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. RSVP to

or (740) 593-4232.

OU-HCOM Day at the Convo

Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Want to learn more? Contact Laurie Lach, director of alumni affairs at


DO Day on the Hill    
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015,
Washington, D.C. Want to be involved? Contact Laurie Lach, director of alumni affairs at


2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium  

Apr. 22-26, 2015, Hilton at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio.  

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College Recruiting for Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine at the  Heritage College, in conjunction with University Medical Associates, is seeking family physicians who have a passion for clinical practice in underserved populations.

Responsibilities include:

* Providing patient care and perform clinical teaching for osteopathic medical students, interns, and residents in an outpatient care setting.
* Preparing and performing curricular and scholarly activities.
* Sharing on-call to provide coverage for nights, weekends, holidays, vacation, CME, etc.
For full position description, click here. 

Interested in estate planning or establishing a living trust?
Contact Christopher Albrecht, senior
director of development and executive director of alumni relations, at or (740) 593-4528. 

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message from the assistant dean of admissions 
John D. Schriner, Ph.D.

Dear Alumni and Friends,


This special time of year provides us with many opportunities to reflect on the numerous blessings that have been bestowed upon us. As I look back on my last 18 years at the Heritage College, I cannot help but think of all of the many special people who have enriched my professional life by giving of themselves to make the next generation of outstanding osteopathic physicians possible.


The charge of putting together an outstanding class of 240 students, yes, 240 students, is something that requires a tremendous commitment from many individuals along the way. The team in the Heritage College Admissions Office is truly incredible, and the tireless effort they contribute to the process of file compilation, interview coordination, and the myriad other activities required to recruit and seat a class of 240 on three different campuses is no small task.


The admission and selection process at the Heritage College not only involves many people on the Athens and Dublin campuses, but others from around the state of Ohio as well. The active engagement of our alumni board has provided us with outstanding graduates who volunteer their time to help select the students for the next entering class. Our partners at OhioHealth and Cleveland Clinic also contribute their time to the selection process for candidates being considered for the Dublin and Cleveland campuses respectively. Without the support and commitment of the Student Selection Advisory Committee, we could not do the great work we do each and every year.


A key component to getting the right students to the Heritage College is enabling the premedical students to have exposure to the osteopathic profession. Our alumni and friends have been very gracious in giving their time and experience to those aspiring to walk in their footsteps. These shadowing experiences are critical for premedical students, as is the training and mentoring our many preceptors provide for our current medical students. All of these efforts are integral to our admission process and the success of our students. For this I am truly thankful.


As I look back at the many students--now graduates--I have worked with, I feel a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Our motto, "Care Leads Here," is certainly reflected in the great work we all contribute to the success of our college and profession.


Thanks for all you do!


John D. Schriner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Admissions  


Welcome the Class of 2019 by sponsoring  

a stethoscope 

The tradition of gifting stethoscopes to incoming students began in 2012 when the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends teamed up with the Jason Madachy Foundation to provide stethoscopes in honor of Jason, whose life tragically ended just before he was scheduled to begin medical school. Since then, 470 stethoscopes have been distributed to first-year Heritage College students, thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends of the college, and the Jason Madachy Foundation.

With a $250 gift, a stethoscope, along with a card bearing the donor's name and a personalized note, will be presented to a first-year student during the college's annual Welcome Dinner on July 6, 2015.

To make a gift online, visit and select "Heritage College-Stethoscope Fund" from the dropdown menu.

college news
NIH awards $1.4 million to Heritage College to study muscle strength loss in seniors

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 to more closely examine that connection.

The four-year study is being conducted by Brian Clark, Ph.D., professor of neuromuscular physiology at the Heritage College and executive director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute. The study will use noninvasive techniques to better understand the role the brain and nervous system play in reduced muscle strength. Muscle weakness is a serious public health issue for aging populations, as it interferes with physical activity, limits mobility and increases injury and mortality in senior citizens.

"Although it's commonly believed that muscle mass regulates strength, there's actually an abundance of evidence indicating that other factors are involved," said Clark. "This study will shed more light on the specific neurological mechanisms responsible for age-related loss of strength, such as changes in brain and motor neuron form and function."

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a day in the life 
Schweitzer Fellow prescribes a dose of story time for young clinic patients   
Anne Flower is wearing the short white coat of the physician in training. But at the moment, she's bent over a children's picture book with a 7-year-old girl.

Flower, a second-year student in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, reads aloud a passage from P.D. Eastman's "My Nest is Best," then pauses to talk about the story and illustrations. "What do you think is going to happen next?" Flower asks Destiny Reasoner, who's listening in rapt attention. "What animal is that? What kind of sound does he make?"


The two are in the waiting room of the University Medical Associates pediatric clinic in Ohio University's Parks Hall in Athens, where Destiny's mother has brought her for an appointment. As with other children the clinic serves, the girl's visit earned her a bonus in the form of a reading session and a free book.


It's all part of a project Flower has organized in connection with her 2014-15 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She's one of 18 graduate students in the Columbus-Athens area to receive this honor. A second Heritage College student, third-year Adam Jara, is also a Schweitzer Fellow, as is Lauren Volpe, a graduate student in Ohio University's Patton College of Education. The program selects and supports about 250 new U.S. graduate students each year, each of whom partners with a community-based organization to create and carry out a year-long service project to address unmet health needs. The participants also go through a rigorous leadership development program.   


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