Alumni Reception at the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine

Fri., Jan. 23, 2015, 5:30 pm, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. No cost. RSVP to

or (740) 593-4232.

Heritage College Day at the Convo

Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Join us as OHIO takes on Kent State! Limited complementary tickets available. Pregame reception starts at 12 p.m. Game time is 2 p.m. RSVP to or (740) 593-4232.

DO Day on the Hill    
Thu., Mar. 5, 2015,
Washington, D.C. Register here by February 5.


2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium  

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

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message from Peter Bell, DO 
Peter Bell, DO

Salutations to All and Welcome to a New Year,


I want to begin by saying thank you - making me an Honorary Alumnus of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was truly an unexpected honor. I am so grateful to you.


We all embark on the journey to become an osteopathic physician from different paths, but agree that the patient has always been at the center of our profession. No business is successful without customers. No physician can practice without patients. No hospital can exist without physicians, for we are their customers. Health care is about the patient! We are their trusted counselors, their confidantes, and their servants. Regardless of who we are, we have the privilege to practice medicine based on a fiduciary relationship that is legislated by society. Our patients are that society.


Ultimately, our shared responsibility is to speak on behalf of our patients. With the focus on the patient, a reputation of empathetic service, and extensive expertise of health restitution and maintenance, we are ideal advocates. In fact, we are called to champion the needs of our patients to those who legislate and fund our system of health care. To this end, we are developing a series of educational and practical experiences for our Heritage College Medical students. Understanding the difference between politics and policy, and how to promote a higher standard of care without self-service, have become part of our curriculum. Participation by the graduates of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is highly encouraged. Your mentorship of our next generation of physicians is essential to our continuing success.


Would you consider joining me and other colleagues - and about 100 current students from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Washington, DC on March 5th for DO Day on the Hill? You have a tremendous opportunity to play an important mentoring role with our students - and speak on behalf of other physicians and the osteopathic profession as a whole to our law makers. You must be pre-registered and the deadline is February 5th. I encourage you to sign up now .  


Thank you for your continuing dedication and contributions to our college and our osteopathic profession.


Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA, HPF, FACOEP-Dist, FACEP           

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Stethoscope giving campaign going strong
The Heritage College is nearly halfway to its goal of providing stethoscopes for the class of 2019 thanks to gifts from alumni and friends! 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
Nearly half-million dollar NIH grant awarded to study widespread virus affecting infants
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $445,500 to Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D., associate professor of virology with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to study a virus considered to be the main viral cause of mental retardation in infants.


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is present in 80 percent of the population but is usually dormant in healthy individuals. However, HCMV can be deadly for patients with HIV, organ transplant recipients and those who have weakened immune systems. It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, causing deafness and intellectual impairments in infants. Currently, there is no cure for HCMV. The Institute of Medicine, an independent agency of the National Academy of Science, has ranked the development of a HCMV vaccine as a high priority.


Biegalke and her team are closely examining a protein, UL34, which plays a key role in the replication of the virus. A better understanding of how to control and regulate the protein may help scientists build a more effective and safer arsenal of antiviral compounds, which could be used to treat HCMV infections, limiting the associated diseases and birth defects.

"We're excited to have this opportunity to significantly advance research in the field," said Biegalke, who has been researching HCMV since 1991. Biegalke's lab identified UL34 as an essential player in HCMV about 10 years ago, putting her team at the forefront of HCMV research.


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a day in the life 
New club pairs undergraduates with OHIO medical student mentors   

Any Ohio University student will say that finals week is one of the more stressful periods of their college experience. For students working toward a goal of pursuing a medical degree after completing their undergraduate coursework, preparing to apply and interview for medical school adds to the burden. A new club launched by students enrolled in Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine serves as a resource to pre-medical undergraduates, helping them to prepare for medical school while succeeding in their undergraduate studies.   


The Ohio University Medical Mentoring Club hosted its first-ever event last January and became an official OHIO student organization at the start of fall semester. The club's mission is to connect pre-medical undergraduate students at both OHIO and partner universities with current Heritage College medical student mentors to help them prepare for, apply to, and get accepted into medical school - all while answering questions and addressing concerns that may arise throughout their undergraduate years.


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