Dublin Open
Golf Outing  

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


Opening Celebration
Heritage College Cleveland 

Saturday, Aug. 22, Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Cleveland OHIO Memorial
Golf Outing  
Monday, Aug. 24, Cleveland, Ohio. For more information or to sponsor a hole, contact Laurie Lach at (740) 593-2151 or

class notes   

Bernard Master, DO  

Longtime friend of the college, Bernard Master, DO recently published a memoir. No Finish Line:  Discovering the World's Secrets One Bird at a Time, chronicles Dr. Master's experiences as an internationally-known birder, conservationist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, combat veteran, doo-wop singer, and osteopathic physician. Dr. Master's book is available at


Leah Beegan, DO ('10) Alumna Leah Beegan, DO, with co-author Barbara J. Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD, recently published a study entitled, Stand by me! Reducing the risk of injurious falls in older adults, in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

get involved   


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.


We need your help!  


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?  


Take the quiz here.


Learn more about the Heritage College's 40th Anniversary here.

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message from Christopher Albrecht 
Christopher H. Albrecht

Dear Alumni and Friends,


Luckily for me, the stars aligned and this month is my turn to write the TOUCHpoints cover letter. Finding a topic was very easy as we have much to celebrate and be proud of!

First of all, you are not just reading TOUCHpoints, you are reading the award-winning TOUCHpoints! Our electronic newsletter recently won First Place in the 2015 AACOM Excellence in Communications Awards. Kudos to Laurie Lach for her direction and especially to Keely Stockwell, who took the idea for the e-newsletter and ran with it... all the way to first place! We also received Second Place in the Fundraising Campaign category for our work on the Dublin Open, which raised $25,000 in its first year, on one day, for Heritage College scholarships. Thanks to Laurie, Keely, Laura Whitt, Lynne Chapman and especially our alumni hosts, Dan and Jennifer Roncone and Jerry and Keri Chellini, for putting together such a successful outing.
Next, we are coming off a record-breaking Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, the premier Continuing Medical Education event we co-sponsor each year in Columbus. Held April 22-26, over 810 people attended the five day event, including physicians, speakers, residents, exhibitors, poster competitors and guests - the most successful symposium in its history. Among those in attendance were 413 D.O.s, including 228 Heritage College graduates, and 75 students (more than double the number from last year). We also had 71 participants in the poster competition.
Also at the Symposium, we launched ohiowomen in medicine, a networking and mentoring group for Heritage College alumni, friends, students and employees that is part of Ohio University's ohiowomen initiative. Over 60 Ohio female physicians enjoyed the inaugural meeting over a happy hour at the Easton Hilton and laid the foundation for taking the organization forward.
All of the above - TOUCHpoints (a way for us to keep you informed of the great things happening at the Heritage College), the Dublin Open (coming up on its 2nd year and joined this August by the Cleveland OHIO Memorial, both ways to enjoy camaraderie in a relaxed setting while supporting a great cause), the Symposium (where you can not only receive over 30 hours of CME but can re-connect with classmates and colleagues) and ohiowomen in medicine (a program  designed to help young female med students and physicians navigate a career in medicine) - are purposely intended to be ways for all of our graduates and friends to find some way to be engaged in the success and future of the Heritage College. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on what we are doing and how we can involve even more of you. 
Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for OHIO and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.



Christopher H. Albrecht
Senior Director of Development and Executive Director of Alumni Affairs 

college news
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launches networking group for women
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched ohiowomen in medicine, a professional networking and mentoring group for Heritage College alumni, friends, students and employees. The Heritage College is the first to create an affiliate of Ohio University's ohiowomen initiative, a program designed to help connect women with the university, students and each other.

"When Ohio University launched ohiowomen, we knew the opportunity for us to launch ohiowomen in medicine was now," said Heritage College Director of Alumni Affairs Laurie Lach. She and Paige Gutheil Henderson, D.O. ('02), an assistant professor of primary care medicine, formed the group to support female graduates in their careers and encourage women to become more involved with the college and the university.


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Heritage College co-sponsors Ohio's premier continuing medical education event for osteopathic physicians
The annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium drew its largest turnout ever as more than 800 people gathered in Columbus April 22-26 to network, learn about developing areas in medicine, and launch an initiative to empower female physicians.

A collaboration of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), the event featured a keynote address by Alison Levine, an adventurer and author who described how climbing the world's highest peaks taught her lessons on leadership.


The event also offered an array of continuing medical education sessions on topics ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer's disease to the Affordable Care Act. More than 200 physicians attended a session focused on state guidelines encouraging doctors to use extreme caution in prescribing high levels of painkillers for long-term care - an issue that made headlines in 2013 when the guidelines were issued.


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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine opens facility for clinical trials
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has opened a facility for conducting clinical trials and studies involving human subjects. The Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU), which is located in Irvine Hall on the Athens campus, provides support for all stages of clinical research from idea development to final reporting. The Heritage College hopes the CTRU will help take the college's research program to the next level, putting it on par with other institutions that have high-profile clinical research programs.

"We want the Heritage College to be recognized as a place where investigators are conducting cutting-edge clinical research," said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O. "Clinical studies that tackle pervasive health problems bring attention to the college and the university. They open the door to more opportunities for collaboration and funding, which are essential to help researchers advance medical care in our communities."

The CTRU offers support to Ohio University faculty at all stages of clinical research including budget development, project coordination, subject recruitment, data collection and institutional review board assistance.

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CORE members discuss single accreditation at research forum
In an effort to provide research support to residency program partners, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine brought hospital administrators and clinical faculty together to share best practices for meeting accreditation research standards.

With the approaching transition to single accreditation in medical education, this issue was top-of-mind among the approximate 50 people who attended the event. In 2014 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine agreed to create a single accreditation system. Currently organizations with M.D. and D.O. resident physicians are required to have dual accreditation. 


Under a new standardized system that will be fully implemented in July 2020, ACGME will be the sole accrediting institution for both allopathic and osteopathic residency programs. This change has implications for meeting research standards required for accreditation, which is why the Heritage College's Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Research Office invited CORE members to the forum to discuss the future of medical research. CORE is a statewide consortium of teaching hospitals in Ohio. The CORE's Research Office provides research education, training and support for students, residents, interns and CORE faculty.