Heritage College Day at the Convo

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


2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium  

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

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Welcome the Heritage College Class of 2019
The Heritage College is over halfway to its goal of providing stethoscopes for the class of 2019 thanks to gifts from alumni and friends!

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.

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message from the director of alumni affairs 
Laurie Lach

Dear Friends,


     Helping to carry out the work of the Heritage College's Society of Alumni and Friends is incredibly gratifying for me! We are fortunate to have a group of highly involved men and women who serve as the board of directors and who are resolute in fulfilling the mission and objectives of the society. Three major areas are central to the focus of the society: increasing alumni participation in the life of the college, increasing alumni philanthropic support and delivering communication that creates a sense of urgency in the minds of our graduates.


     Our focus is paying off! More than ever, graduates and friends of the college are actively engaging with the Heritage College. This engagement takes many forms including serving as clinical preceptors, speaking as faculty at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, meeting with current students to offer guidance, visiting our campuses, discussing careers in osteopathic medicine with student clubs and so much more! Additionally, philanthropic support for the college is on the rise! The response to the stethoscope giving program in particular has been overwhelmingly positive. The number of first-time donors to the college is up as are contributions made by graduates of the last decade. With so much to communicate, the society recognized the need to deliver information more frequently about all the events and progress being made at the college. Our Touchpoints e-newsletter reflects our desire to deliver pressing college news to alumni and friends like you! 


     Recently, our board met at Cleveland Clinic's South Pointe Hospital for our first meeting of 2015. We also toured the new Cleveland Campus, which is now under construction, but taking shape very rapidly. The energy and excitement shared among board members was truly remarkable! Images from the tour can be seen here.  


     For a complete listing of the 2015 Board of Directors for the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends, click here.


     We want you to be involved! If you are ready to participate in the life of the college - and you're just not certain how, please give me a call directly at 740-593-2151 or email me at I warmly welcome the opportunity to talk with you!


Kindest regards,


Laurie Sheridan Lach
Director of Alumni Affairs


college news
Alumni board gets onsite update on Cleveland campus 
On Saturday, Jan. 24, following an alumni board meeting at Cleveland Clinic's South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, members of the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends took a tour of the college's new Cleveland campus, which is undergoing renovations in part of the South Pointe campus.Cleveland Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., showed the group around the facilities, which are scheduled to open in July. To view an album of photos from the tour, check out the college's Facebook page here.
Scenes from the Cleveland Academy Annual Seminar  
Over 100 Heritage College alumni and friends gathered the evening of Friday, Jan. 23 for a reception at the Renaissance Cleveland hotel. The event was held in conjunction with the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine's 50th Annual Seminar. Check out more images in our photo gallery here.
Researchers learn more about how and why cells die
When Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D., first discovered Porf-2, a previously unknown gene, she knew she had found an important puzzle piece to understanding the developing brain. What she would later learn is that the gene may also be pivotal in the development of novel approaches to treat tumor growth, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes complications.

Twenty years ago while, creating a cDNA library of a rat's hypothalamus, she isolated the gene she called Pre-Optic Regulatory Factor 2. Since then, Nowak, an associate professor of molecular endocrinology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her students have been experimenting with the gene to better understand how it functions.


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Faculty authors tell researchers how to survive, thrive in foreign lands
You're a young academic, fresh off the plane in a foreign country, and eager to get into the field to start collecting data for your research project.

But wait - upon arrival, you're told you can't start without a certain permit, from a government office you never knew existed. After seemingly endless meetings to resolve your permitting issue, you head out to gather data - only to have your electronic equipment conk out the first week. You suspect your hired driver may be drinking on the job. Your camp is overrun by an army of biting ants. And now there's a rumor going around the local populace that you're in league with the devil, or perhaps the CIA.


If only an experienced researcher had warned you about all the potential setbacks in field work! Now two Heritage College faculty members, with help from anthropologist Darna Dufour of the University of Colorado, Boulder, have put their collective experience - and that of many colleagues - into a handy text that does just that.

In "Disasters in Field Research: Preparing For and Coping With Unexpected Events," authors Gillian H. Ice, Dufour, and Nancy J. Stevens offer advice on how to handle some of the most common challenges faced by researchers abroad.


a day in the life 
Student medical experiences in developing countries drive passion for primary care   
For years there has been a decline nationally in the number of medical students choosing to practice primary care, which has contributed to a physician shortage in rural and underserved areas. However, interest in primary care among Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students has remained strong. The reasons vary.

The decision to go into primary care could be influenced by growing up in an underserved medical area, a poignant moment in a student's own health history, a positive encounter with a doctor they've known, or a life-changing experience halfway around the world. That was the case for Heritage College graduates Sarah Simpson, D.O., and Amy Simpson, D.O., who spent time in a remote, dusty village in Kenya where people walked miles to see a doctor and silently endured painful procedures without anesthesia. What the Simpsons saw in Africa changed the course of their lives.


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