Lunchtime seminar
Monday, Sept. 21
Noon-1 p.m.
OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014
"You are the key to cancer prevention." Jody Gerome, D.O.('05) will talk about the national AHEC organization HPV immunization project. Videoconferencing available to clinical campus sites, Grosvenor 017 in Athens, and the Heritage College, Dublin. Contact Vickey Haller,
Kickoff Event - Global Health Case Competition 2015
Wednesday, Sept. 23
5 p.m.
Grover Center E205
Learn about OHIO Global Health Initiatives' contest, in which student teams compete to develop and solve a global health issue. Winning team gets a sponsored two-week trip to a Sub-Saharan African country in June 2016 to research their proposed solutions. For more information, click here.
2nd Annual Interprofessional Education Symposium
Friday, Oct. 2
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grover Center
This year's conference theme is "Building Bridges to Interprofessional Health Care". More details to come. For more information, contact Sally Marinellie,, or Larry Hurtubise,

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College celebrates newest campus in northeast Ohio
Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., speaks to an audience of friends and partners at the celebration of the new Heritage College, Cleveland.
Hundreds of friends, partners and supporters joined Ohio University and its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, Aug. 22, to celebrate the college's new campus in northeast Ohio. The first class of 51 students began their studies at the Heritage College, Cleveland, on July 8. 

The Warrensville Heights High School Marching Band, performing with the OHIO Bobcat cheerleaders, kicked off the celebration before Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., welcomed a crowd of more than 500 people to the new campus, located on the site of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights. 

Heritage College scientist gets grant for back pain study
The economic toll of low back pain is significant, costing about $26 billion annually to treat the problem and $14 billion in lost wages. It also causes considerable pain and can lead to disability and reduced physical activity. A study called Back Exercises to Neutralize Disability (The BEND Study) at the Heritage College, is testing a promising exercise that may improve muscle size and function in patients with recurrent low back pain. The study is directed by Brian Clark, Ph.D., professor of neuromuscular physiology and executive director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI).
Dublin program lets high schoolers try out health care
"Ever since I was like five years old, I wanted to be a doctor," recalls
Students at the OU+REACH summer camp check out the interior of a life-flight helicopter. 
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 Heritage College, Dublin, aims to give high school students a feel for what it's like to work in a wide range of health care roles.
Dublin dean honored for training Chinese physicians
William J. Burke, D.O.
The dean of the central Ohio campus of Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been recognized by a province in China, for his work there in helping to improve the training of primary care physicians.
William J. Burke, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P., dean of the Heritage College, Dublin, was invited to China to receive the Tianfu Friendship Award, conferred by the government of China's Sichuan Province. The award is presented annually to persons from other countries who have made outstanding contributions to Sichuan's economic and social development. The Sichuan Province, the country's fourth largest province, is located in southwest China and has a population of over 81 million people.

College's golf events raise $50,000 for scholarships
Nearly 200 alumni and friends of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the college's new campuses in Cleveland and Dublin this month by taking part in a pair of golf events that chipped in $50,000 for student scholarships. The inaugural Cleveland OHIO Memorial was held Aug. 24 at Chagrin Valley Country Club and raised $25,000, while the second annual Dublin Open took place Aug. 10 at Tartan Fields Golf Club and raised $25,000 as well. Proceeds from both events go to Heritage College student scholarships.

College family throws 40th birthday party in triplicate
Cutting one of a number of Heritage College birthday cakes
A 40th birthday bash can be a momentous occasion, although most aren't as big as the party the Heritage College threw to celebrate turning 40 on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Close to 400 students, faculty and staff turned out at the college's three academic campuses and several clinical campus sites throughout the state, dressed in specially designed 40th anniversary T-shirts. In a celebration that connected sites by teleconference, the college kicked off what's planned as a yearlong celebration of its first four decades, with a look back and a look into the future.

Ovarian cancer research project gets Baker Fund grant
Fabian Benencia, Ph.D.
A research project investigating ovarian cancer cell activity conducted by a Heritage College faculty member is one of six proposals that received more than $56,000 in total from the spring cycle of the university's Baker Fund.

Fabian Benencia, Ph.D., an associate professor of immunology, has been awarded $12,000 for his project titled "Role of dsRNA Receptors in Immune Cell Infiltration on Ovarian Cancer." Benencia has been investigating the relationship between immune cells and tumor cells for 12 years. His previous research found evidence showing that cancer cells attract immune cells and then subvert them, so that the body's immune system doesn't fight the cancer. Instead, it actually assists with tumor growth. The next step in Benencia's research is understanding the mechanisms cancer cells use to attract immune cells.

College partners in hosting first home football game   
The Heritage College was Ohio University's partner in hosting the first home football game of the 2015 season
Students, staff and alums turned out to the game wearing their "40 & Forward" T-shirts.
. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Bobcats 
defeated the Marshall University Thundering Herd at Peden Stadium, 21-10.
The televised game served as an opportunity for the college to publicly celebrate its 40th anniversary. The football game is one of a full year of celebratory events is planned to recognize this landmark. 
The college invited its faculty, staff and students to attend the game and wear their 40 & Forward T-shirts in the college's branded color scheme. It also invited alumni to attend.
The college's mobile clinic was parked on site near the stadium from noon to 4 p.m. game day, providing free health screenings for community members.
A Facebook album of photos from the event can be accessed here.

St. John Med Center residency program wins award
The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) has awarded the Research Flame Award to the St. John Medical Center Emergency Medicine residency program. The award is given to the ACOEP residency program that earns the highest score for senior papers, as determined by the ACOEP Research Committee.
The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Research Office has been instrumental in providing resources to help residents meet their graduate medical education research requirements at St. John's. Grace Brannan, Ph.D., executive director of the CORE Research Office, and her team have regularly met with St. John's emergency medicine residents and offered their research expertise and mentorship on projects.
"Dr. (Gregory) Bloxdorf, the director of the emergency medicine residency program at St. John's, created a remarkable opportunity for our office to work very closely and consistently with his residents. His vision and support were critical to its success," said Brannan. "I want to emphasize, however, that it takes time to create a culture of research. But with collaboration, leadership and expertise, it is very feasible."
July 2015 CARE Award Recipients
Pam Henderson
Clinical Training and Assessment Center Supervisor
Academic Affairs
Pam Henderson's efforts as the supervisor of the Heritage College's Clinical Training and Assessment Center (CTAC) have benefitted students from both the college and the broader Ohio University community. Pam supervises the Athens campus CTAC and provides support to the Dublin and Cleveland CTAC coordinators. When she's not busy organizing the CTAC clinical exam labs and clinical skills labs for both the Heritage College and the School of Nursing M.S.N. program, Pam is meeting with the Year 1 and Year 2 liaison for medical student events and the lab leader for the Ohio University School of Nursing events to make sure all the labs are fully stocked and up-to-date to suit student's needs. In addition, Pam facilitates research for new equipment, orders new models for labs, supervises all standardized patients, supervises a classified employee, facilitates CTAC repairs, and provides additional exam room space for the free clinic. It's not just during the academic year that she's busy. This summer while Ohio University played host to the International Space University's Summer Space Study Program, Pam's hard work made the college stand out. "She came in on the weekend and worked well after hours to make sure the students had a valuable learning experience and also so that the college would be able to put its best foot forward and show what we are made of!" said Timothy Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A., assistant professor of family medicine, who nominated Pam. "INVALUABLE employee."
Miriam Thomas
Administrative Specialist
Administrative Services
Human Resources Administrative Specialist Miriam Thomas does it all. Whether she's assisting someone on the phone or paying bills and tracking budgets for the Heritage College, Miriam is constantly making the administrative office a better place. "Miriam provides support to my co-workers and myself on a daily basis with an excellent attitude," said Employment Coordinator Nicole Sealy, who nominated Miriam. "I do not think our office could function as well as it does without her on board." Miriam has been with the Heritage College for 25 years. In addition to handling budgets and taking care of phone calls, she is responsible for personnel files and vacation time.
Leah Sheridan, Ph.D.
Associate Lecturer of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College, Dublin
When Leah Sheridan, Ph.D., joined the staff in Dublin, they knew they were getting an excellent physiologist, but she has gone above and beyond expectations with her participation in other aspects of medical education. In addition to her involvement in planning Research Day for the Dublin campus, Leah has also piloted a research journal club to engage interested medical students in research. "[She has shown] continual energy and enthusiasm to initiate, establish and grow supporting medical education programs and research efforts benefitting the Dublin campus, the Heritage college and our surrounding communities," said Audrone Biknevicius, Ph.D., associate professor of gross anatomy. She, along with Heritage College, Dublin, Dean William Burke, D.O. ('88), and Dublin Director of Campus Administration Brian Thompson, nominated Leah. Not only is Leah actively involved with students in Dublin, she also has served as a mentor and helpful friend to her fellow faculty members.
Reminder: Pick specific targets for emailing students
Heritage College offices, departments and organizations that are sending email announcements to students should be aware that specific, separate email lists exist in Outlook for each class cohort (e.g. class of 2019) on each of the college's three campuses.
This means that mass emailings can (and should) be targeted only to the appropriate students. A local event open only to students on one campus, for example, should not be announced in an email to all students at all campuses.
These targeted email lists allow faculty, staff and students to communicate easily with the specific group of students they need to reach. When emailing students, please consider whether your message is relevant to the entire class, or to only the Athens, Cleveland or Dublin cohort, and select the appropriate distribution list. This will help reduce confusion and unnecessary email clutter in students' in-boxes.

Here are the individual student class lists as they appear in Outlook:

OU-HCOM Class of 2019 (entire class)
OU-HCOM Class of 2019 - Athens
OU-HCOM Class of 2019 - Cleveland
OU-HCOM Class of 2019 - Dublin 
OU-HCOM Class of 2018 (entire class)
OU-HCOM Class of 2018 - Athens
OU-HCOM Class of 2018 - Dublin
OU-HCOM Class of 2017
OU-HCOM Class of 2016
Tissue processing equipment available for research use
Researchers at the Heritage College should be aware that the college makes available for their use a histopathology core facility, featuring a
The histopathology core facility.
range of equipment for processing biological tissue.
Equipment in the facility, which is located in room 240 of the Academic & Research Center in Athens, includes:
  • an automatic tissue processor that can process a large number of tissue samples simultaneously, from formalin-fixed to paraffin;
  • an embedding system, for preparing paraffin blocks;
  • a microtome, which slices paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 3 to 15 microns thick;
  • a cryostat, for cutting frozen tissue sections; and
  • an auto-stainer station, for hematoxylin-eosin stain.
Any faculty researcher wanting to use the equipment (or have a student working under the faculty member's supervision use it) should contact the facility's director, Ramiro Malgor, M.D., at 740.593.2324 or
Due to high demand for the equipment, those wishing to use it will need to register and book time on it, and also receive some technical training in its use.

College sponsors a team for local Komen race
The Heritage College is pleased to serve as a gold sponsor of an important fundraising event: the Susan G. Komen Columbus - Athens Race for the Cure, which will take place in Athens on Sunday, Oct. 25. Community Health Programs at the Heritage College is sponsoring a team to take part in the event. This is the first year that the Komen race, which raises money toward finding cures for breast cancer, is coming to Athens, in partnership with the Ohio University School of Nursing. The Heritage College CHP team, "Passionate Soles for a Cure," is urging anyone who's interested to sign up to run, walk, or just donate to the cause.
To register, visit
  • Click on the events tab
  • Choose "Athens Race for the Cure"
  • Click "Register"
  • Click "Join an existing team"
  • Click on "New user" if you have not registered before for a team
  • Choose either Team name: "Passionate Soles for a Cure," or Team Company: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Click "Join"
  • Complete the online form
Nominations sought for this year's Konneker Medal
Ohio University's Vice President for Research and Creative Activity is seeking nominations for the 2015 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.
The Ohio University Foundation established the award to recognize current and former faculty members, students and alumni who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Up to three awards may be given in one year. The Konneker Medal will be presented to the recipient(s) in 2016.
The deadline for nominations for the 2015 award cycle is Friday, Oct. 30. For more information on how to submit a nomination, click here.
human resources
New hires

Isaiah Andrews, IT support specialist, joined the Office of Medical Informatics at the Athens campus on May 4.  He can be reached at Grosvenor 138 at 740.593.2434.

The following Heritage College employees have been given job title changes:
Huzoor Akbar, Ph.D., is now associate professor emeritus of pharmacology.
Paul Cadamagnani, D.O., is now professor emeritus of internal medicine.
Brian Thompson is now director of campus administration (Dublin campus).
Michelle Bobo is now manager of interdepartmental administrative operations.
Lynn Waugh is now manager of the body donor program.
Debra Angle, Tracy Jenkins, Bonnie Hay, Cara Lawless, James Engler, Jennifer Fleming, Norma Daniels, Linda Bendler, Filiz Levy and Tasha Penwell are now academic program administrators.
Rachael Crouch is now chief of staff.
In each issue of ROUNDS, look here
for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.

Head of NBOME to visit college in November
John Gimpel, D.O., FACOFP, FAAFP, president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners will visit the Heritage College Tuesday, Nov. 17, to share updates on NBOME and its COMLEX USA examinations with faculty, students and staff, including information relating to curricular transformation efforts at the college.
The NBOME is the leading assessment organization for the osteopathic medical profession. Its COMLEX-USA exam series provides the pathway to licensure for osteopathic physicians in the United States and is a graduation requirement for earning a D.O. degree from colleges of osteopathic medicine.
The schedule for Gimpel's activities is as follows:
Overview from Gimpel of the future of COMLEX exams and how this will relate to Heritage College efforts to transform its curricula.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grosvenor West 111 (Athens)
MEB2-163 (Dublin)
Faculty development workshop on NBOME item writing.
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Irvine 199 (Athens)
MEB1-415 (Dublin)
SPS-120 (Cleveland)
Athens faculty need to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13, by clicking here.
Brown bag session directed primarily to students (faculty and staff welcome)
Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Irvine 194 & 199 (Athens)
MEB2-153 & MEB1-415 (Dublin)
SPS-242 (Cleveland)