Annual DOC Awards

Monday, March 16

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Baker Ballroom

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Business of Medicine Series

Thursday, March 26

Noon-12:50 p.m.

Athens: Irvine 194, Dublin: MEB1-331

A presentation on tuition, how tuition revenues are allocated, and the costs of running a medical school.

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ACGME brings D.O. principles into program standards

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) voted unanimously to adopt both the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition Requirements (set by the council's Osteopathic Principles Committee), and the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) Requirements (set by the ONMM Review Committee).

The vote took place during the ACGME board's historic meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz, in which the board for the first time seated four members from the osteopathic medical profession, nominated from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and  the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

According to a news release from AACOM, what this means is that "the essence of osteopathic graduate medical education is now codified into ACGME program requirements. AOA and AACOM nominees to the ACGME Board have assumed their role as full participants in the governance of ACGME. Together, these developments mark the completion of a significant phase in the implementation of the single GME accreditation system."


Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., stressed the importance of the vote in making sure the osteopathic voice continues to be heard in the move toward single accreditation.


"The ACGME's actions are an important step toward creating a unified accreditation system that benefits physicians, medical educators and the public," Johnson said. "It's going to take leadership, continued vigilance and hard work to make sure that as the osteopathic medical community realizes the benefits of single accreditation, we also maintain our unique identity. Our college is playing a major leadership role in that area, especially with Bob Cain, our associate dean for graduate medical education, serving as chair of the Osteopathic Principles Committee." Cain is a 1988 Heritage College alumnus.


Testimony on ONMM and Osteopathic Recognition Requirements was provided by both AOA President Robert Juhasz, D.O., and AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H.


Multicultural bash celebrates college's diversity
Delicious international food, a cavalcade of in-house talent, and a chance to help combat hunger in the Athens area combined to make
Guests enjoy the buffet at the Multicultural Extravaganza Feb. 11.
the latest installment of the Heritage College's Multicultural

Extravaganza a success. The event took place Wednesday, Feb. 11, on The Bricks in Irvine Hall.


"It was a really great show, plenty of great food, and we had a lot of people in attendance," reported Alicia Boards, assistant director

of multicultural programs in the college's Office of Student Affairs.


The annual event for students, faculty and staff features a variety of dishes either brought by attendees or donated by local businesses. Admission was $4, or $2 with a canned food donation. Food collected was given to Ohio University's United Campus Ministry for its free Thursday supper.


OMS II Nadia Kamagate was one of the student organizers of the extravaganza, which was sponsored by the college chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She explained that the highlight of the evening is "kind of like a small talent show," featuring anyone in attendance who wants to sign up to perform. "It could be something from the country that they represent, or it could just be anything they feel like performing," she said. "It's a chance to show off the diversity that's within our medical school."


Students at the Heritage College, Dublin, who wanted to attend the Athens event were offered mileage reimbursement from the college for their travel. The Dublin SNMA is planning its own multicultural potluck event in the spring, though no date has been chosen yet.

College says personal 'thank you' to employee donors

Among those who contribute financially to the Heritage College are some of its own faculty and staff. Recently, the Office of Medical

Development/alumni staffers pay a 'thank you' visit to employee donor Jill Breeze.

Development and Alumni Affairs decided it was time to publicly recognize this valued source of support, by visiting employee

donors in their offices to deliver personal "thank you" messages complete with balloons and coffee mugs.


"Faculty and staff are at the heart of our college," explained Keely Stockwell, coordinator of medical development. "Every day these individuals serve the college and its students by sharing their knowledge and talents. Giving back financially is an additional act of service and commitment, and we wanted to show our appreciation."


So on Feb. 25 and 26, about a dozen employees who have recently donated to the college or its individual programs got visits from the team of Stockwell; Director of Alumni Affairs Laurie Sheridan Lach; and Christopher Albrecht, senior director of development and executive director of alumni affairs. As Lach explained the plan, the visits and token gifts were intended simply to make clear to the donors how thankful the college is for their gifts of whatever size.

"It should feel like you're getting a big warm hug," she suggested.


Many of those recognized for their generosity to the Heritage College suggested that if you support what the college does, such giving only makes sense. "I do it because I like the students, and because you should give!" offered Jane Balbo, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine. "That's part of being a doctor - you should help the new doctors."


"I just wanted to support our college," explained Jill Breeze, coordinator of medical Informatics and strategic initiatives.


Assistant professor of surgery David Drozek, D.O., echoed this sentiment. "It's my pleasure," he said when thanked for his support. "I just thought it would be good to support our school."


Kathy Brooks, executive director for strategic initiatives, explained that "I support Community Health Programs. I really like what they do, and that's my way to support the college and support the community."


Others noted that a payroll deduction plan makes it easy and relatively painless to give regularly to the college program of your choice.

"You really don't miss it, once you get started doing it," said Kathy Trace, director of Community Health Programs and the Area Health Education Center.


Employees interested in giving to the college or a particular program should visit Ohio University's faculty/staff campaign web page at, or contact Albrecht at or 740.593.4528.



New video celebrates Cleveland groundbreaking

When the first classes at the Heritage College's new Cleveland campus begin in July, the college will take another giant step toward its goal of becoming the nation's number one producer of primary care physicians for Ohio and the rest of the country.


A new 3-1/2 minute video captures the excitement of the groundbreaking celebration for the campus, and helps explain the significance of the project, which the Heritage College is pursuing in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic. To watch the video, click here. 

Nominate a great Heritage College alum for an award

Through March 14, the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends will be accepting nominations for Alumni Awards. Nominations can be submitted online here, or faxed to Director of Alumni Affairs Laurie Lach at 740.593.9557.


The awards will be presented on Friday, April 24, at the Heritage College & Ohio Osteopathic Association Awards reception at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium in Columbus.


Nominations are open for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Alumnus
  • Recent Graduate
  • Medal of Merit
  • Honorary Alumnus
  • Distinguished Service Award

For more information on the criteria for each category, visit the link in the first paragraph.

PreCOM opens doors for potential students at 3 sites

Accepted students to the Heritage College are given their first look at medical student life at PreCOM, an all-day event this year taking place on March 28 and May 16.


For the first time, programming will originate from all three campuses and be linked through multimedia displays.

Along with their families, students were invited to their campus location - either Athens, Dublin or Cleveland - for the purposes of getting to know their future classmates and to take care of pre-matriculation matters such as housing, finding roommates and fitting for scrubs.


PreCOM is not a mandatory orientation but rather a way for would-be students to make up their minds before they fully commit to attending the Heritage College.


"This is a chance for them to meet their other classmates, and it's a time for us to talk about the things they need to do and to be aware of: background checks, immunizations, curriculum and taking a last look," said Jill Harman, director of admissions.


Last year, the college had separate PreCOM events on the Athens and Dublin campuses. PreCOM at Cleveland will take place in Classen Auditorium. After a main address from Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., in Athens, speakers will alternate among displays in Irvine 194, the Dublin learning lab and the Cleveland space.

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Speaker to discuss OMM & transformative education

As part of the ongoing project to transform the Heritage College curriculum, the college's Curriculum Transformation Team will host a speaker on Tuesday, March 10. Refreshments will be provided.


Michael A. Seffinger, D.O., professor and chair of NMM/OMM at the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific, will speak on transformative education, with a focus on integrating OMM into the Heritage College's revised curriculum. His talk will take place noon - 1 p.m. in Irvine 199 on the Athens campus, and will be teleconferenced to MEB1-415 at Heritage College, Dublin. The talk will also be recorded for Mediasite.

Seffinger's appearance is one of a series of presentations that the Curriculum Transformation Team will be offering over the next several months. For more information or to RSVP, contact Joanne McMullen at


Some scheduled future speakers in the series include:

April 2 - Paul Wimmers, Ph.D., associate director for research, Center for Educational Development & Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


 May 7 - Frank Papa, Ph.D., associate dean, curricular design and faculty development, and director of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine's Academy of Medical Educators, University of North Texas Health Science Center


May 12 - Douglas Danforth, Ph.D., academic program director for Part One of the Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum in Ohio State's College of Medicine


Look for announcements of more upcoming events in future issues of ROUNDS and your email.