OHIO vs. Marshall 
Saturday, Sept. 12. Join us for a special college-sponsored football game as OHIO takes on Marshall for the first home game of the season.
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Chapman at or 740.593.4232.

OMED Alumni Reception
Monday, Oct. 19, 6pm, B.B. King's Blues Club, Orlando, Florida.

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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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message from the Cleveland dean 
Cleveland campus' inspiring launch is the work of many hands
Isaac J. Kirstein, DO, FACOI
As I looked out from the stage of our Cleveland Campus Welcome Celebration on Aug. 22, it was hard to keep from getting choked up. The impact that the Heritage College will have on the community, the state, the university, and indeed the entire profession, was on display. There were passionate speeches from many, including Adrienne White-Faines, executive director of the American Osteopathic Association; Pam Benoit, Ohio University's executive vice president and provost; Brian Donley, Cleveland Clinic chief of staff. It was great to hear Warrensville Heights Mayor Bradley Sellers sum it up: "A lot of people talk, but they are doers," referring to Ohio University and the Heritage College. 
The new campus is a modern and inspirational space for learning. Every square foot was designed with the student in mind. I have enjoyed watching many jaws drop as our alumni and friends walk into the lobby the first time. But as beautiful as our space is, it pales in comparison to the people who walk in every day and push forward our mission. Our talented faculty is already delivering the curriculum seamlessly with the other two campuses. Most of our staff grew up in the area and know the importance our school will have on their hometowns. But of course, our students steal the show. 
There is no better testimony that we are meeting our mission than telling the story of our inaugural class. All but one of our first 51 are from Ohio. More than three-quarters of the class are from northeast Ohio, and they want to stay and make a difference in the region. Their enthusiasm is jet fuel for all of us. 
The launch of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cleveland, has been remarkably smooth. I stood at the podium during our celebration and looked out and saw the reasons under the tent. First, I am humbled daily by the talented hard work of our faculty and staff. Second, I am personally grateful for the Dublin campus team and their dean, William Burke, DO ('88), who took a steep learning curve and flattened it out for us. Third, to our Athens-based faculty, who worked for years planning for the success that has resulted in the growth of our college statewide. Finally, I want to thank you, our alumni and friends, who have uniformly supported and welcomed me like family. 
Every day I look at my schedule and realize all the things I get to do today, and for that I have to offer thanks to our motivational guru, Executive Dean Ken Johnson, DO. We have done great things in Cleveland, and we are just getting warmed up. If you are in the neighborhood, I invite you to come and see your newest arrival.
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Heritage College, Dublin, program lets high school students try health care on for size
OU-Reach "Ever since I was like 5 years old, I wanted to be a doctor," recalls Nick Andrioff, who graduated recently from Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. Lately, he says, his interests have shifted toward biomedical engineering, which he plans to study at the Ohio State University. Fortunately for him, a new program launched this year at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin aims to give high school students a feel for what it's like to work in a wide range of health care roles.

Andrioff was one of 18 students from the Dublin City Schools' Biomedical STEM Academy who took part in the pilot of the OU+REACH (Re-imagining Educational Approaches to Careers in Healthcare) program earlier this year. The program, which earned enthusiastic reviews from participants, was repeated as an intensive two-day summer camp in June, and organizers plan to continue it in the future.

OU+REACH, whose pilot ran one day a month from January through May, lets students take part in themed, case-based medical learning activities, under direction of faculty and students from the Heritage College and the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, which also has a facility on Ohio University's Dublin campus. It allows participants to roll up their sleeves and try out procedures that health professionals need to master, like drawing blood.

"Our goal was to provide opportunities for the students to really get hands-on in as many ways as we could," explained Tim Cain, Ph.D., an associate professor in biomedical sciences at the Heritage College, Dublin. "And while we are a medical school, and an osteopathic medical school, we're trying to be sensitive to the fact that not all of these students want to become physicians. So we exposed these high school students to physical therapy and dietetics and other health professions."

Creating the program was a labor of love, with collaboration from parties up to and including Heritage College, Dublin, Dean William Burke, DO ('88). "We pulled together the faculty and staff to figure out how we were going to make this all happen, and Bill was immensely supportive of our efforts," Cain said. "In fact, he was the one who encouraged us to try and see if we could repurpose it for a summer camp."