2015 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium  

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

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Monday, Aug. 10, Dublin, Ohio. For more information or to sponsor a hole, contact Laurie Lach at (740) 593-2151 or


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Saturday, Aug. 22, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, 2 p.m.

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As we approach our 40th anniversary, the Heritage College is planning a yearlong birthday bash. Even as we focus on the future, we will reach back through our past for stories of how we built the foundation for today's success and tomorrow's promise.


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Get involved now by taking our interactive online survey to share your memories, test your knowledge of the Heritage College, and possibly even win a prize. We want to know: What's your fondest memory of medical school? Who left a lasting impression on you? Where was your favorite hangout?  


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message from John F. Ramey, DO ('92)  
John F. Ramey, DO ('92)

Hello fellow alumni and friends,


No matter where you call home, as graduates of the Heritage College, we are all Ohio DOs. Right now is a great time to be a DO in Ohio, as well as a DO from Ohio.


On the national level, members of our Ohio osteopathic family serve in key leadership positions of the AOA - as president, trustees and members of many key bureaus and committees, including those of AACOM and COCA. Our leaders are also at the center of the new single-accreditation pathway for GME. Even if you are not currently practicing in the "Bobcat" state, you can trust that people recognize the excellent reputation of your background as an Ohio-educated osteopathic physician.


Locally, our Ohio osteopathic family is strong and flourishing with new strategic alliances and collaborations between our college, affiliated clinics and hospitals, alumni, and the profession. In my role as past president of the OOA, and as a current member of the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends, I have been privileged to help create meaningful collaboration, strategic initiatives, and a shared vision that should make you proud of your alma mater and the Ohio osteopathic profession.


Together, we've shaped an outstanding infrastructure here in Ohio:

  • The Heritage College is Ohio's only osteopathic medical school and soon will be the largest of all medical schools in the state, with an incoming class size of 240 in 2015. Of all Ohio medical schools, we are the most committed to serving the needs of Ohio citizens - 60 percent of Heritage College graduates stay in Ohio to practice.
  • The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) includes more than 30 hospital partners and have newly expanded affiliations with OhioHealth and Cleveland Clinic.
  • The Ohio Osteopathic Association is the organization for osteopathic medicine in Ohio and nationally supports our profession through advocacy, education and CME, policy making, and leadership development, as well as providing the vision to improve the health of all Ohioans.

Our outstanding collaboration with the OOA helps support our students through events, advocacy, mentorship and networking opportunities. By working together, we've also created the ultimate Ohio osteopathic family event - the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium. Each year at this conference, we come together for learning, networking, policy making, passing the torch, honoring and awarding, and mentoring and celebrating the next generation.


Over the last 40 years, our college and our alumni have made many incredible contributions to health care. While we celebrate our past, we also look forward to an exciting future for our Ohio family of DOs. I welcome you join us and find your way to contribute to our continued success.


I am not just proud, but I am wicked proud to be an Ohio DO!


Best regards,


John F. Ramey, DO ('92)  

college news
Director of national osteopathic group to address Heritage College graduates
Adrienne White-Faines
When the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's class of 2015 graduates May 9, they will hear a 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.


The AOA has historically been the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, hospitals and health care facilities, though it has recently become a part of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as part of a move toward adoption of a single graduate medical education accreditation system for M.D. and D.O. institutions by 2020.


"At this time of historic change for osteopathic medicine and the whole health care profession, I can't think of a more exciting and relevant figure to speak to our 2015 graduating class than Adrienne White-Faines," said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O. "As the top executive of our national organization, she's ideally placed to give these new D.O.s an informed preview of the new and changing environment in which they'll be practicing medicine."

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Osteopathic commitment honored at DOC awards
On Monday, March 16, outstanding Heritage College students 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.

NIH-funded study investigates key protein tied to insulin resistance
The National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $371,000 to an Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine study that will explore the link between myostatin, a key protein that regulates muscle growth, and insulin resistance. Leslie Consitt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology at the Heritage College, first discovered the connection in preliminary studies.

"This finding opens a number of doors for current and future research projects," said Consitt. She hopes her NIH-funded research will lead to the development of targeted and efficient treatment strategies for conditions associated with insulin resistance, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


"Dr. Consitt's research has the potential to help those at risk for obesity or other metabolic problems in remarkable ways," said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O. "At the Heritage College, we continually seek ways to improve quality of life for those with chronic health conditions."


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Cherry tree mural installed at Cleveland campus
On March 19, the Yoshino cherry tree glass mural was put in place at our Cleveland campus. The tree symbolizes the connection between the three Heritage College campuses and Ohio University.