Executive Dean's Office Hour

Tuesday, Aug. 11

10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Grosvenor 202

To schedule a 20-minute appointment with Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., contact Jill Pittman at Appointments scheduled in order of request; please indicate topic of meeting in email. 


Saturday, Aug. 15

Noon-5 p.m.

Bobcat Pavilion

Strouds Run State Park, 11661 State Park Road, Athens

The Heritage College American Medical Student Association

is sponsoring a BBQ picnic for all college lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students, faculty, staff and their families. Food provided, or bring a dish to share. For more information contact Matt Simunovich at or Rashmi Singh at To RSVP, click here. 

Welcome celebration

Saturday, Aug. 22

2 p.m. 

Heritage College, Cleveland

4180 Warrensville Center Road

Warrensville Heights

A celebration of our newest campus, with tours of the facility. RSVP here

by Aug. 12.

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July 17
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July 20
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July 21
The Athens NEWS
July 27
(Item on former Dean Barbara Ross Lee)
Los Angeles Sentinel
July 30
The DO
July 31
Jackson County Times-Journal
July 31


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Speaker prescribes kindness for record-setting class
Marcia Brand, Ph.D., speaks at Convocation 2015

A former top federal health care official offered three bits of practical advice Saturday to members of the incoming class at Ohio University's
the Heritage College. Speaking to a class of 240 matriculated medical students - the largest class in the college's history - Marcia Brand, Ph.D., former deputy administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), suggested they cultivate three qualities: "Be confident; be flexible; be kind." 

At the July 25 event in the Ohio University Convocation Center, the medical school welcomed its class of 2019 - the first in its history to represent its three campuses in Athens, Dublin and Cleveland. Last summer, the college opened a campus in Dublin; earlier this month, students began classes at a third location on the campus of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights.

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Artist Nick Del Matto points out some details of the Trillium award design to Heritage College Executive Dean Ken Johnson.

Dean talks Trilliums with Ohio sculptor of award

One of the highest honors bestowed by the Heritage College is the Trillium award, created by Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., in 2013 to recognize those who have made exceptional efforts to help the college thrive and grow.


The award's glass-sculpture design, by Ohio glass artist Nick Del Matto, is based on the white trillium (trillium grandiflorum), Ohio's official state wildflower. One hundred and thirty nine of the awards were created, one for each year since the founding of osteopathic medicine by Dr. A.T. Still.


In March, Del Matto was in Dr. Johnson's office accompanying the delivery of the last shipment of Trillium awards, and a Heritage College photographer was on hand to capture the event.


White trillium is found in all of Ohio's 88 counties. Considered a harbinger of the coming spring, the three-petaled flower historically was used medicinally. For the Heritage College it represents renewal, growth, health and transformation, and serves as an emblem of a college that has expanded from one campus to three.

AHEC joins in national HPV Immunization Project

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the Heritage College is taking part in a nationwide effort, supported by funds awarded to the national AHEC Organization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help increase awareness among health professionals about the risks of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the value of early HPV vaccination in preventing cervical cancer.


According to the CDC, more than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year, though it's estimated that up to 93 percent of these cancers are preventable. HPV vaccination helps prevent infection with the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.


This billboard announces the opening of the Heritage College, Cleveland.


Ad campaign aims to spread word about new campus

The opening of the Heritage College's newest campus in Cleveland, in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, has attracted some news coverage there and elsewhere in the state. The college, working with the Cleveland-based Partners Riley branding and advertising agency, also has launched an advertising campaign to let northeast Ohio know that it has a new medical college in its midst.

This includes billboard ads placed near the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, the college's pre-emiment partner in the new campus; print ads in publications including Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Jewish News, Inside Business and Crain's Cleveland Business; and radio spots on National Public Radio stations in the region. The print and radio ads direct readers and listeners to the college's online landing page for the Heritage College, Cleveland.

Cleveland campus Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., said he's pleased with the message the campaign is sending. "I love our tag line, 'We practice where we preach,'" he said. "It succinctly sums up why we are here in Cleveland, and that we are here to stay."


The campaign launched in June, and will continue through October. The campaign aims to generate interest in the new campus in the local community and among potential future students; to educate the public about the college's mission, program and goals; and to create awareness and understanding of the new campus among key audiences.

Don't forget to RSVP for Cleveland welcome celebration!

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the college will host a celebration of the Heritage College, Cleveland, our newest campus located on the campus of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio (see events listings, upper left-hand column).


Students, faculty and staff who wish to attend this happy and historic event, marking an important milestone in medical education, need to RSVP by Aug. 12. You can do so by clicking here.


Guests at the celebration will be able to tour the campus, welcome its first class of students, and meet the partners, friends and supporters who have helped make it all possible. You don't want to miss it, so be sure to RSVP in plenty of time! Why not right now?

First Cleveland employee receives CARE award

At the end of June, the Heritage College wrapped up the second quarter of the CARE (Celebrating Achievements and Recognizing Excellence) award program. Since the program began six months ago, it has received 115 nominations. Most second-quarter nominees were from the Office of Academic Affairs (16 percent), followed by the Office of Student Affairs (14 percent). The complete list of second quarter nominees is now posted online. Nominations can be made through the CARE website.


For the first time, an employee from the Cleveland campus has received a CARE award. The June recipients include:



Betsy Kerns, assistant director in the Office of Student Affairs on our Cleveland campus, has had her hands full with the 51 students attending the Heritage College's newest campus.


"Betsy has been a joy to work with from the moment she started in Cleveland. She always has a positive spirit and is always willing to help others," said Administrative Services Specialist Franceska Tucker, who nominated Kerns. "She truly embodies what the Heritage College is about and will foster a family environment with faculty, staff and most importantly, the students."



Administrative Associate Maureen McCann, who is based in Dublin, recently took on many additional duties after a nursing position was vacated. Despite her heavier workload, she always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help, according to Assistant Professor of Primary Care Maureen Kollar, D.O., who nominated McCann.


"She has done such a great job coordinating clinical skills and the OU+REACH program (Re-Imagining Educational Approaches to Careers in Healthcare) so it runs smoothly for everyone," Kollar said. "Maureen is a true friend to everyone she meets. Lots of thanks to her willing and bright spirit!"



Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Jennifer Gwilym, D.O. ('03) was recently profiled in Ohio  University Medicine magazine. The story detailed her many accomplishments as a leader, her effectiveness as a mentor to students, and her engagement with the community.


"In interview after interview, one person after another talked about how much she gives back to her students, the college, patients and the community," said Lisa Forster, communications specialist, who nominated Gwilym. "The CARE award could have been written with Dr. Gwilym in mind. Her enthusiasm is catching. Her story is inspirational. From paying cab fare for patients to becoming a leader in the osteopathic field, she has a history of altruism and caring that exemplify what this college is all about."

Webinar helps explain single accreditation to students

In June, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) hosted a webinar, meant to inform osteopathic medical students about the transition to the single system of graduate medical education accreditation for both M.D. and D.O. programs.


Speakers from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) addressed a number of topics, including background and overview of the single GME accreditation system; an overview of the residency application process for D.O. students; the outlook for transitional year programs/traditional rotating internships during the transition; and resources available to guide students through the application process in the transition to single accreditation.


The webinar can be accessed here. Students seeking more resources and updates on the transition to the single GME accreditation system can find them here, here and here.


In July 2014, at annual meeting of AOA's House of Delegates in Chicago, the delegates voted to support an historic resolution

 by the AOA Board of Trustees to pursue a single accreditation system for graduate medical education, covering colleges for both D.O.s and M.D.s. 

College takes major step in accreditation transition  

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been granted pre-accreditation status as an institutional sponsor from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This is an important first step for the college as graduate medical education nationally begins the transition to a single accreditation system for both allopathic and osteopathic programs.


As a sponsoring institution, the Heritage College will ensure that GME programs at participating sites comply with accrediting requirements. The ACGME requires residency and fellowship programs be under the oversight of a sponsoring institution. In addition, institutions sponsoring GME programs must be led by a designated institutional official (DIO). To meet these requirements, the college has created the Office of Institutional Sponsorship, headed by DIO Cynthia Kelley, D.O. ('01). On July 1, programs could begin applying for ACGME accreditation as well as osteopathic recognition. 

Administrator gets grant to study tech connections

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine has awarded a $10,000 grant to Lawrence Hurtubise, faculty development educational technologist in the Office of Faculty Development. Hurtubise is conducting a study of faculty and students attending regional or extension campuses of osteopathic medical schools to learn how technology is being used and whether it affects the connection between students and faculty.


That connectedness, called social presence, can influence student and teacher satisfaction levels, learning outcomes, and how much individuals feel part of the community. The project's co-investigators include Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine; Mary Kay Smith, M.S.N., R.N., director Michigan State University's learning and assessment center; and Machelle Linsenmeyer, Ed.D., associate professor of clinical sciences and associate dean for assessment and educational development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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Curriculum team seeks feedback at public forums
The Heritage College Curriculum Transformation Team (CTT), which for more than a year has been investigating options for transforming the college's primary care curricula, has scheduled two public forums to provide an update on the team's progress, and brainstorm ideas with faculty, staff and students.
When the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations awarded the college an historic $105 million gift in 2011, it specified that one of the purposes for which the money was to be used was transformation of our primary care curricula. 
In pursuit of that goal, the Heritage College assembled the CTT, which has been meeting regularly since last August to discuss the issue; has made information-gathering visits to other colleges; and has sponsored a series of speakers on topics relating to curricular transformation.


CTT will be hosting two public forums: one on Aug. 6 for faculty and staff, and another on Sept. 3 for students. Both will take place noon - 1 p.m. in Irvine 199 in Athens; MEB1-242 in Dublin; and SPS110 in Cleveland. Both will be recorded. Teleconferencing is available to clinical campus sites by contacting Dan Smith, No RSVP is required to attend either forum.