Community health presentation

Wednesday, July 15

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Live at Dublin campus, MEB1-331

By teleconference at:

Athens - Irvine 194

Cleveland - SPS 110

Ted Wymyslo, M.D., chief medical officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, and former director of the Ohio Department of Health, will speak to the entire Heritage College class of 2019 about inter-professional practice in community health settings. For more information cointact Randall Longenecker, M.D.,

Lunchtime seminar

Monday, July 20

Noon - 1 p.m.

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

Sarah Adkins, Pharm.D., of the Heritage College and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, will speak about "What's new in diabetes treatments." Videoconferencing available to CORE sites, Dublin campus, Grosvenor Hall 117. AOA approved for continuing education credit. Contact Vickey Haller, 

40th annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, July 25

2 p.m.; doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Ohio University Convocation Center

The Heritage College greets the incoming Class of 2019, largest in its history, and first to be enrolled on three campuses. More information, including links to RSVP for both students and staffers, can be accessed here.

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July 8

New medical school opens doors in Northeast Ohio

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July 13

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July 2
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July 11
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July 11


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University and college open new Cleveland campus
The Heritage College, Cleveland Class of 2019, poses with campus Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., South Pointe Hospital President Robert Juhasz, D.O., and college Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O.

First-year medical student Andrew Goldblum of Beachwood, Ohio, is a perfect example of the type of person the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine wants to reach with its new campus in Cleveland. Goldblum received his bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta before returning to his home in northeast Ohio for medical school.

In a day that Heritage College leaders are calling a major milestone for the 40-year-old college, Goldblum and 50 other new medical students arrived for their first classes on Wednesday, July 8, at the new Ohio University campus in the Cleveland area.

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College welcomes its first three-campus incoming class
Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., high-fives a member of the incoming Class of 2019.

This year, with the addition of 51 students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's newest campus in Cleveland, the incoming Class of 2019 easily sets the record as largest in the college's history, at 240 students. This breaks the previous record held by the Class of 2018; that class, swelled to 190 members by the 2014 opening of the college's campus in Dublin, had gotten to enjoy biggest-ever status for exactly one year.

The entire three-campus class - 139 enrolled at Athens, 50 at Dublin and 51 at Cleveland - arrived in Athens Sunday evening, July 5, to begin orientation. As they filed into Ohio University's Baker Center Ballroom early the next morning, they were welcomed by cheering, sign-waving college staffers including Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., and Dublin and Cleveland deans William Burke, D.O. ('88) and Isaac Kirstein, D.O.

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Newest class of medical students greeted with a gift
Members of the Heritage College Class of 2019 try out their new stethoscopes.

Following their first day of orientation activities in Athens, the 240 members of the Class of 2019 were welcomed into the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine family July 6 by engaged alumni and the gift of a stethoscope that they'll use during their four years of medical school and beyond. Hosted by the Heritage College's Society of Alumni and Friends, the Student Welcome Dinner in the Baker Center Ballroom ushered in the college's largest class ever - including the inaugural 51-member cohort from the Heritage College, Cleveland.

College's CARE award recipients chosen for May


May's CARE recipients are:

  • Administrative: Lawrence Hurtubise, faculty development educational technologist, Office of Faculty Development,
  • Classified: Kathy Gossett, administrative services associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and
  • Faculty: Joseph Bianco, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine.

As the expert in educational technology for the Office of Faculty Development, Larry Hurtubise has been very busy due to the

Larry Hurtubise

opening of two new campuses. He prepared and assisted the college's faculty to simultaneously teach students both in the classroom and

remotely using video and audio technology.


According to Office of Faculty

Development Director Stephen Davis, Ph.D., who nominated Hurtubise, he "is continually making huge contributions to our success through his

faculty development work." In addition, Hurtubise started a medical education journal club, participates in research and scholarly activities, orchestrated a faculty development series for current faculty in Dublin and Athens, and chaired a national conference on medical education. He's doing this while working on a doctorate degree.


Administrative Services Associate Kathy Gossett is a go-getter who

Kathy Gossett

doesn't let obstacles stop her from completing the critical functions of her job, such as ordering supplies and materials for faculty and student research projects. She recognizes the time-sensitive nature of those projects and understands how critical her role is in supporting the Heritage College's research goals. Gossett has worked for the college for 20 years, first as a nurse with the Ohio University Medical Center before transferring to the Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2003 after OUMC became University Medical Associates. "Kathy is honest, dependable and can always be counted on," said Administrative Specialist Jamie Remy, who nominated Gossett.


Joseph Bianco, Ph.D., may officially be called an assistant professor,

Joe Bianco

but that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many roles and responsibilities he has assumed since he joined the Heritage College in 2008. Bianco also currently serves as chair of the college's Membership, Nominating and Bylaws Committee, which plays a vital role in faculty nominations, elections and appointments.

With the college's growth to multiple campuses, the committee's responsibilities and time commitment has increased. Bianco became the first chair of the committee after the bylaws component was added last year.


Rachael Crouch, special assistant to the executive dean, nominated Bianco saying, "Having worked closely with Joe - admittedly, after he and the other committee members have done the heavy lifting - at the tail end of the annual bylaws revision/approval and elections/appointment processes, I know just how tedious and seemingly circular this work can be, which makes Joe's constant positivity, obvious sincerity, pleasant persistence and graciousness all the more remarkable." 

College staff, student and faculty accomplishments
The Research and Scholarly Affairs Committee has awarded Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of the Tropical Disease Institute, with a $10,000 pilot/small project award for a project titled, "Translatability of the Diabetes Prevention Program in Ecuador."
Kelly Nottingham, executive director of primary care research initiatives, has been named to the communications committee for the North American Primary Care Research Group. NAPCRG is a multidisciplinary organization for primary care researchers. The communications committee oversees NAPCRG communications, including the promotion of primary care research to policy makers, funding agencies and community physicians.
Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy, has begun a three-year term as the associate editor for Americas for Critical Public Health, an international journal focused on providing critical analyses of public health theory and practice which includes issues like equity, power and social justice. Prior to being an editor, Skinner served on the journal's international advisory board.
Jeffrey Hardesty, OMS IV, has received a Master of Public Health capstone award from Johns Hopkins University for a project titled, "Barriers to Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Trial Eligibility." He is one of 12 students in a class of more than 300 to be recognized for having the best overall capstone written project.
The July issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association features an article by recent graduate Valerie Van Ravenswaay, D.O., M.P.H., ('15) and Sierra Grasso, OMS III.  The paper, titled "Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Diabetic Gastroparesis," is a case report describing a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus who experienced a reduction in diabetic gastroparesis symptoms after six sessions of osteopathic manipulative treatment. OMM Assistant Professor Simeon Hain, D.O., and former faculty member Jay Shubrook, D.O., ('96) are co-authors on the article.
human resources
New hires
Michael Corby, anatomical assistant-Athens campus, joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences May 31. He can be reached in Grosvenor 135 at 740.593.2171.





Eric Long, member coordinator-Athens campus, joined Community Health Programs/AHEC June 8. He can be reached in Grosvenor 015 at 740.593.0171.







David Jezewski, maintenance coordinator, joined the Cleveland campus June 15. He can be reached in Room 132 at 216.295.7516.







Steven McClain, records management associate-Athens campus, joined Student Affairs May 4. He can be reached in Grosvenor 018 at 740.593.2156.







Ron Keller, IT support specialist, joined the Cleveland campus May 4. He can be reached in SPA-212 at 216.491.6524.








Robert Harmon, IT support specialist, joined the Cleveland campus May 4. He can be reached in SPA-212 at 216.491.6524.







Sherie Steinberger, administrative services specialist, joined the Cleveland campus May 4. She can be reached in SPA-212 at 216.491.6524.







Ryan Warner, clinical training and assessment center coordinator, joined the Dublin campus May 4. He can be reached in MEB2-142 at 614.793.5616.







Michele Kairis, CORE administrative director, South Pointe Hospital, joined the college May 26. She can be reached at South Pointe Hospital at TBD. 

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Curriculum transformation speaker series continues

Continuing the series of speakers on topics related to curricular transformation, on July 2 the college saw a visit from Donald J. Sefcik, D.O., M.B.A., who spoke about the history and future of medical education. Sefcik is Senior associate dean and director of academic innovation and psychometrics at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Coming up Tuesday, July 14, is speaker Elaine Dannefer, Ph.D., the director of medical education research and assessment at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dannefer will speak in Irvine 199 on medical education assessment. Her talk will be teleconferenced to MEB1-415 in Dublin. Like previous speakers in the series, she will also be available for meetings with interested faculty, staff and students.


The speaker series is being sponsored by the college's Curricular Transformation Team. Those who wish to review its work thus far can access materials, including video and PowerPoints from past speakers, and team meeting minutes, here.