SOMA Spring Fling

Sunday, April 19

Noon - 5 p.m.

West Green between Irvine & Grosvenor,

Athens campus

Contact Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., at

Lunchtime seminar

Monday, April 20

Noon - 1 p.m.

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

Tamara Yates, R.N., B.S.N., from the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Program, Bureau of Infectious Diseases, will speak on "Stick Me With Your Best Shot: Immunizations and Vaccine-preventable Diseases." Lunch trays and brown bags welcome. Videoconferencing available to CORE sites and Grosvenor 017. CME credit available. Contact Vickey Haller,

Ohio University Bioinformatics Distinguished Lecture

Tuesday, April 21

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Walter Hall 235

Panagiotis (Takis) Benos, Ph.D., head of the Regulatory Genomics and Systems Medicine Laboratory at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will speak on "Computational and Systems Medicine: From Theoretical Models to Advancing Health Care."

Contact Lonnie Welch at 

2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium

April 22-26

Hilton at Easton Town Center, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, Ohio

A collaboration of the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

Register here.

Dodgeball tournament and fundraiser

Thursday, April 23

7-9 p.m.

Ping Center Area D

To raise money for the John W. Clem Recovery House

in Athens.

Six players per team, $5 per person. To sign up contact Jacob Nelson,,

or Chris Yurosko,

Mobile clinic open house

Thursday, April 30

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Baker University Center

Parking Area, Ohio University Athens campus

The OHIO and Heritage College community is invited to come out to watch Community Health Programs cut the ribbon on its new mobile clinic.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Lehman,, or Kathy Trace, R.N., 

CTRU/ORUP open house

Monday, May 4

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Beginning on The Bricks, Irvine Hall

Athens Campus

Hear the latest about clinical trials at the college, meet clinical trial staff and see live demonstrations.

For more information contact Tiffani Hart,  

in the news

Buckeye Osteopathic Physician
Spring 2015
Crain's Cleveland Business
March 22
The Post
March 23
Field research mishaps: Bugs, borders and broken trucks
The Columbus Dispatch
April 12

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Tahlequah (Okla.) Daily Press
March 23


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College ready to show off new mobile clinic

Community Health Programs at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will roll out its new mobile

The new Community Health Programs mobile clinic arrived April 16.

clinic on Thursday, April 30, and the campus community is invited to attend.

For more than 20 years, health professionals and students from the Heritage College have traveled throughout rural and underserved communities in southeastern Ohio in mobile clinics, bringing free and reduced-cost medical services to thousands of people who might otherwise go without.

On April 30, members of the OHIO and Athens community are invited to learn more about one of the Heritage College's most important medical outreach tools when Community Health Programs celebrates the rollout of its new 40-foot mobile clinic.


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Osteopathic commitment honored at DOC Awards

On Monday, March 16, outstanding Heritage College students

At the DOC Awards, William J. Burke, D.O. ('88), at left, dean of Heritage College, Dublin, chats with OMS IV Simon Fraser (and Fraser's daughter, London).

 and faculty were recognized for their contributions to osteopathic

medical education during the college's annual DOC (Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment) Awards ceremony, held in Baker Ballroom in Athens.

In one of the more eagerly anticipated awards announcements every year, Simon Fraser, OMS IV, was named Student D.O. of the Year for 2015.


Click here for a complete listing of award recipients.


Head of national D.O. group to address grads

When the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's class of 2015 graduates May 9, they will hear a

Adrienne White-Faines

commencement address from the director of the national organization that represents more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students.


Commencement speaker Adrienne White-Faines has been executive director and CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2013.


In this role, she is in charge of accomplishing the organization's strategic agenda, which includes supporting AOA's physician and student members, promoting public health and advancing scientific research.


2015 grads, don't forget hometown news survey

Attention members of the graduating class of 2015: Please help the Office of Communication by filling out our hometown newspaper survey located here. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it will simplify and speed up the process of sending a news release to a paper or papers in your hometown, announcing your graduation. Even if you don't want a release sent, please take the survey anyway and tell us that.

March CARE recipients include Dublin employee

It's time again to congratulate the CARE (Celebrating Achievements & Recognizing Excellence) Award recipients, which includes for the first time a Dublin employee.


Our March recipients were recognized this week at the Executive Committee meeting and will receive $75 in their paycheck.


The recipients include:



Olivia Ojano-Sheehan, Ph.D., assistant director of CORE Faculty Development and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, oversees two high-value programs: the Residency Directors Fellowship Program and CORE Academic Physicians Certificate Program, which educate members of the college's CORE community about teaching, administration, and leadership.


Ojano-Sheehan actively engages in learning, leading, and supporting all aspects of faculty development and many of the operations within CORE. For example, she quietly drafted an application for institutional sponsorship before many involved in the single accreditation process had reviewed the requirements.


"Her efforts on the application have given the leadership a basis to work from as well as helped identify pertinent issues," said Assistant Director of Faculty Development Joyce Jadwin, Psy.D., who nominated Ojano-Sheehan. "Olivia forwards the mission and goals of the department and college through her commitment to excellence, innovative strategies, and strategic focus."



Pamela Dixson, executive assistant at the Heritage College, Dublin, is recognized as a dedicated and caring professional who pays attention to details and routinely goes above and beyond. She and Malissa Gilkey, executive assistant in the Executive Dean's Office, who nominated Dixson, recently worked together to coordinate a dinner at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.


"My husband was killed during this planning process. Pam quickly took on all the tasks of arranging this event including the venue, transportation, menu, beverage options and payment for the expenses," Gilkey said. During this time, Dixson kept the planning process moving smoothly while keeping Gilkey informed. Gilkey said Dixson cares about others and represents what the Heritage College is all about: "A professional family that completes the task at hand but is always thinking of others while we complete the job."



Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine, balances teaching, research and service. Having received multiple DOC awards, she is noted for her ability to engage and mentor students. She is also recognized for her work building collaborative research teams, putting together grant proposals, and spearheading or assisting on multiple initiatives at the college and The Diabetes Institute.


Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., executive director of The Diabetes Institute, nominated Beverly, sharing several examples of how she has gone above and beyond for the Heritage College. For example, one week before the due date, she was asked to write, and then succeeded in writing, a grant proposal for a project looking at obesity in rural southeastern Ohio. She also coordinated the development of a welcome kit for all incoming Ohio University students with diabetes and developed educational materials about diabetic emergencies for Ohio University faculty and staff.


"Liz is a true gem," said Berryman. "It is her extraordinary balance of teaching, research and service and her exemplary performance in all areas that makes her worthy of this award."


Nominations for April can be made on the CARE website. You can also view a video of February's recipients being surprised by the Dean's Prize Patrol here.

Minority Health Month has 3rd upcoming speaker

April is Minority Health Month, and Multicultural Programs in Heritage College Student Affairs has one more speaker scheduled, following the appearance of the first two April 6 and April 15. This year's Minority Health Month theme is "30 Years of Advancing Health Equity."


Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Alicia Boards at for the Athens campus; and Andrea Brunson at for the Dublin campus.


Caroline Kingori, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, spoke April 6 on "Sexual health and HIV/AIDS among Somali refugee and immigrant youth in Ohio."


On April 15 Alonzo Patterson, M.D., a Dayton, Ohio, pediatrician with 25 years of practice, spoke on "Experience, evidence and expectations: Swimming upstream in health care."


The final speaker event is:

Monday, April 27

Merrian Brooks, D.O.

Athens: Irvine 194

Dublin: MEB1-415

Brooks, a 2011 Heritage College alumna, who is pursuing a fellowship in adolescent medicine and graduate studies in clinical research at Children's Community Pediatric, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, will speak on "Physician implicit bias and its role in health disparities." Brooks' research interests include health disparities, strength building in vulnerable youth, substance abuse, and the role of purpose as a tool to improve risky decision making.

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for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.


Speaker urges more study of teaching practices

The second in a series of speakers on topics relating to curricular transformation issued a call for more classroom-based research when he spoke at the Heritage College April 2. The series is sponsored by the college's Curricular Transformation Team.


Paul Wimmers, Ph.D., is associate professor of medicine, and associate director for research in the Center for Educational Development and Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Speaking in Irvine Hall, Wimmers argued that medical school teaching faculty should be using their classrooms as laboratories to find out what works pedagogically. He said medical students have the right to the best teaching methods, which should be "based on best evidence."


Wimmers noted that medical education research is "a very young field," making it easier for a young researcher to get established in it. A major focus in the field right now, he said, is the effort to establish connections between teaching approaches in medical school, and outcomes in health care."The things you do in medical school, do they have any effect on patient care?" he asked. "You hope so."


Wimmers categorized medical education research under three headings: Description, justification and clarification. Descriptive research, he said, simply recounts how something is being done in medical education, while justification research compares two or more teaching systems for effectiveness. Clarification research, Wimmers said, takes the next step - "to find out how and why things are working."


He emphasized that the terrain of medical education is changing, due to such factors as more and better technology, and the pending unification of accrediting systems for osteopathic and allopathic medical colleges - a change he predicted will be more beneficial to D.O. schools.


Wimmers suggested that medical schools should give more weight to quality teaching in their promotion and tenure decisions. He urged teachers to collect quantifiable evidence to support the teaching methods they know from experience are effective, and to present their findings in research papers. Doing so, he said, will "help turn your teaching into scholarship."


human resouces

New hires


Elizabeth "Betsy" Kerns, assistant director of student affairs for the Heritage College, Cleveland, joined the college on April 6. She can be reached at the Cleveland campus, SPA-212 at 216.491.6524.



Karmen Garrett, learning services specialist at the Heritage College, Cleveland, joined the college on April 6. She can be reached at the Cleveland campus, SPA-212 at 216.491.6524.





Patricia Lambert, clinical training and assessment center coordinator at the Heritage College, Cleveland, joined the college on April 6. She can be reached at the Cleveland campus, SPA-212 at 216.491.6524. 

Class of '15 - don't forget our hometown news survey

Attention all graduating members of the Heritage College class of 2015: If you haven't already done so, now is a great time to fill out a brief survey that will help us publicize your graduation to your hometown newspapers. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and will expedite the process of letting your hometown community know you've earned your D.O. degree. Even if you'd prefer not to have a release sent, please fill out the survey and let us know that. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.