Talk on transformative education

Tuesday, June 9

Noon-1 p.m. 

Athens: Irvine 199

Dublin: MEB1-415

John Bowling, D.O., assistant dean for rural medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Class of 2015 urged to find courage to lead profession

There has never been a more challenging and opportune time than

Adrienne White-Faines of AOA speaks at the 2015 Heritage College Commencement.

now to enter the field of osteopathic medicine. That was the message the head of a national physicians' organization delivered to members of the Heritage College Class of 2015 during the college's 36th annual Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9.

This spring, 124 student doctors from the Heritage College become physicians and surgeons.

Adrienne White-Faines, executive director and CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, called the present day "one of the most dynamic times imaginable in health care," and one in which osteopathic physicians are ideally placed to push for a more equitable and compassionate system.


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College co-sponsors medical education event for D.O.s

The annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium (OOS) drew its largest

Alison Levine speaks at the 2015 OOS.

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 (see story directly below).

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

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Heritage College launches women's networking group
The Heritage College has launched ohiowomen in 
Laurie Lach
medicine, a professional networking and mentoring group for 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.

Winners announced in OOS poster competition

Osteopathic residents, interns and medical students submitted 74 abstracts for the Fifth Annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium Poster Competition and Exhibition. All but 12 of the abstracts were entered into the competition, held Saturday, April 25 as part of the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium.


Participants came from nine states and represented 10 colleges of osteopathic medicine. This year's competition included a new category, the Ohio American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Poster Award.


"Participation in this national poster competition offers multiple benefits to residents and medical students; it's a cost-effective and time-efficient venue that can be used to meet research and scholarly dissemination requirements, which becomes more critical as we enter single accreditation with ACGME; it provides experience conducting and presenting research to clinicians and other researchers; and it's a great networking opportunity," said Grace Brannan, Ph.D., executive director of the CORE Research Office, which coordinated the poster competition.


The list of winners from the poster competition can be found here.

April CARE award recipients named

The CARE, Celebrating Achievements and Recognizing Excellence, program received nearly 40 nominations in April. Since the program began in January, students have put forth many nominations, including 21 percent of all those submitted in April.


The Office of Academic Affairs received the most nominations (18 percent), followed by the Office of Medical Informatics (13 percent).

April's CARE recipients are:

  • Administrative: Linda Bendler, CORE administrator at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital,
  • Classified: Beth Scowden, administrative specialist in the Office of Medical Informatics, and
  • Faculty: Audrone Biknevicius, Ph.D., associate professor of gross anatomy at the Heritage College, Dublin.

For third- and fourth-year students at South Pointe, Bendler sees that students receive the best experience possible. Recent graduate Sean Gallagher, D.O. ('15), who nominated Bendler, said, "She treats everyone like family in my class at South Pointe. Going above and beyond is the norm for her. She never expects anything in return."


Scowden's colleagues in the Office of Medical Informatics say emphatically that Scowden "does everything." In her administrative specialist role, she provides office support ranging from ordering supplies to making budget requests. But it's her enthusiasm and her smile that co-workers are quick to mention. Clinical Biomedical Engineer Eric Clift, who nominated her, says, "Beth always has a positive attitude and is willing to do whatever she can to help the department and college."


Biknevicius has worked tirelessly during the Dublin campus' first year, stepping in more than once to take on additional teaching responsibilities when a colleague needed a hand. She also volunteers in many of the college's outreach programs. "Her door is always open for advice and mentoring, not only for our med students but for the new hires on the Dublin campus regardless of department. She is an exemplary model of support, collegiality, and inspiring leadership besides being an outstanding educator," said Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences Rebecca Code, Ph.D., who nominated Biknevicius.


Nominations for May can be made until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, on the CARE website 

AACOM survey finds 3rd-year students attracted to ACGME-accredited programs with osteo recognition

In March, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine conducted a survey of third-year students at colleges of osteopathic medicine who are starting the process of choosing their residency programs.


Students were asked if they would prefer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program with osteopathic recognition over one without, and how important osteopathic recognition would be in their rank order of preference for graduate medical education programs.


Among the key findings from this survey: To 70 percent of respondents, an ACGME program with osteopathic recognition was more appealing than one without.


Read more about the survey here.

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Video of curriculum transformation speakers available

The Heritage College's Curriculum Transformation Team has so far hosted four speakers, addressing a variety of topics related to transforming the primary care curriculum.


Video and PowerPoints from each speaker are available online for those who missed the presentations or wish to review them.

The speakers and their topics so far include:

  • Douglas Danforth, Ph.D., on curriculum revision at the Ohio State University College of Medicine

  • Frank Papa, D.O., Ph.D., on problem and task-focused, application oriented curriculum

  • Paul Wimmers, Ph.D., on evidence-based medical education

  • Michael A. Seffinger, D.O., on integrating osteopathic philosophy throughout the curriculum

To access video and PowerPoints from these speakers, as well as biographical information, click here. The material will be near the top of the page, under the headings, "Video from past speakers" and "PowerPoints from past speakers." Accessing the page will require an Ohio University login and password.

human resources

New hires


Clarissa Brown, records management associate-Athens campus, joined Academic Affairs on April 6. She can be reached at Grosvenor 220 at 740.593.0009.





Tasha Penwell, CORE administrator for Holzer, Gallipolis, transitioned to her new position from her former job as a records management associate on March 16. She can be reached at the Holzer CORE site, Gallipolis.