Lunchtime seminar Monday, Nov. 16 Noon - 1 p.m. OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014
Todd R. Fredericks, D.O., will speak on "Dealing with military veterans as patients." Videoconferencing available to Heritage College, Dublin; Grover Hall 017 in Athens; and clinical campus sites. Contact Vickey Haller,
NBOME visit
Tuesday, Nov. 17
John Gimpel, D.O., M.Ed., president & CEO of the National Board of Medical Examiners, will present information on NBOME's COMLEX exams and other topics, for faculty and students. Click here to see a schedule.

in the news
Oct. 15
San Diego Union Tribune
Oct. 19
Note: A news release on this study, which was presented at AOA OMED 2015, had been reported by around 20 other general-interest and professional publications worldwide at time of ROUNDS publication.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Oct. 20
The Post
Oct. 20
The Post
Oct. 23
Dublin Villager
Oct. 28
The Athens Messenger
Oct. 30
The Post
Nov. 9
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Nov. 10
College Green Magazine
Nov. 11
alums in the news
(Jonathan Winner, D.O., '09)
Celina Daily Standard
Oct. 15
(Lovette Phillips, D.O., '92)
Oct. 19
(David J. Rickard, D.O., '10)
The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune
Oct. 22


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College joins nationwide group to transform med ed
The Heritage College is one of 21 medical colleges nationwide that has been chosen to join a consortium formed by the American Medical Association to transform the way future physicians are trained.
In Chicago on Nov. 4, the AMA announced the names of the 21 new schools chosen by a national panel of experts to join 11 medical schools that are already part of its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The group was created to enhance the innovative work underway to create the medical school of the future. The Heritage College is one of three osteopathic medical schools in the consortium.
College signs historic pact to boost Appalachian health
Leaders from the three schools attended the signing in Kentucky.
In a step that holds great promise for medically underserved populations in central Appalachia, three osteopathic medical schools in three states - including the Heritage College - have affirmed their commitment to working together in a new consortium. The aim of the Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (CACCOM) is to collaborate on implementing innovative strategies th at measurably improve health status in the region, by addressing how osteopathic physicians are trained.
For 2nd year, College faculty member is top mentor
Katy Kropf, D.O., ('02), an assistant professor of family medicine at the Heritage College, has been honored as Mentor of the Year by the American Osteopathic Association for her work in helping shape the future of osteopathic medicine through her mentorship of students and young physicians. The award was presented last month at the 2015 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) in Orlando, Fla. This makes the second year in a row that a Heritage College faculty member has taken home this prestigious national award. Last year, AOA presented the award to Timothy Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A., also an assistant professor of family medicine.
Cleveland site meets COCA accreditation standards
The Heritage College, Cleveland, has passed its first accreditation exam with flying colors. After spending Nov. 4-5 inspecting the Cleveland campus, a team from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) reported in an exit interview on Friday, Nov. 6 that the campus had met 100 percent of all standards and received a commendation. The team complimented the college's use of technology to connect three campuses and deliver educational resources.
A video recording of the COCA exit interview is available online hereAn Ohio University user name and password are required for access.
University hosts multiple events for Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Athens County has ample reason to take note. The incidence of diabetes here is higher than in many other parts of the country - and continues to increase every year.

The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University, an institute of the Heritage College, has announced a schedule of events to help raise awareness of this devastating disease, which affects more than 29.1 million Americans - about one in 11. Every year, more than 1 million people are newly diagnosed with diabetes. If this trend continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
NSF awards more than $1 million to college anatomists
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The funding will support the studies of three anatomists at the college.
 "Our anatomical scientists take a holistic and historical approach to health research by investigating biomechanics, anatomy, and evolutionary and comparative biology, which better help us understand how and why various biological parts and systems interconnect the way they do," said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O. "The relationship between form and function is a foundational concept in osteopathic medicine."
Two-college symposium explores healthcare teamwork
The theme was building bridges, as nearly 80 Ohio University     
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., speaks at the IPE Symposium.
faculty and staff members gathered Oct. 2 for the second annual Interprofessional Education Symposium.
Attendees were primarily from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health Sciences and Professions. Participants shared accounts of their own interprofessional programs and ideas on how to promote collaboration in the health care professions, with the ultimate aim to improve the care and safety of patients.
Faculty authors' book praised in journal review
A book co-authored by two Heritage College faculty members has generated an enthusiastic review in the American Journal of Human Biology.
"Disasters in Field Research" was penned by Gillian Ice., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Nancy Stevens, Ph.D., with help from anthropologist Darna Dufour of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and published by Rowman & Littlefield earlier this year. The book, which offers guidance to researchers working abroad on how to cope with typical field-work disasters, earned a lengthy write-up in April in the science section of the Columbus Dispatch, which called it "a guide of sorts to science's equivalent of Murphy's Law."
The newly published journal review was written by Felicia C. Madimenos, of the Department of Anthropology at Queens College in New York City. Madimenos praises "Disasters" as "an indispensable primer offering practical advice on preparing for unforeseen challenges that are most commonly encountered across field sites."
She adds that the book "fills a niche in the academic literature by shedding light on aspects of field research that are often only discussed through anecdotes or in private conversations between advisor and advisee. This book presents a crucial step towards lifting the shroud of uncertainty that many new field scientists face... (It) may also serve as an indispensable tool to guide and organize feasible and logistically-sound research proposals and would therefore make an excellent required text for courses geared towards grant writing."
Stevens is a professor of functional morphology & vertebrate paleontology, and director of the college's Patient-Centered Continuum curriculum (PCC). Ice is a professor of social medicine, associate professor of biomedical sciences, and director of the Global Health Initiative - a partnership between The College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Heritage College in collaboration with the Center for International Studies.
Here are the CARE winners for August & September
Administrative: Jennifer Fleming, academic program administrator in the Office of Academic Affairs nominated by Lawrence Hurtubise, former faculty development educational technologist in the Office of Faculty Development.
Classified: Jennifer Fritchley, administrative services associate in the Office of Administration and Finance nominated by John Dehmann, facilities coordinator in the Office of Administrative Services.
Faculty: Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor of endocrinology, J.O. Watson Diabetes Research Chair in the Department of Specialty Medicine nominated by Kelly McCall, Ph.D., associate professor of endocrinology in the Department of Specialty Medicine.
Administrative: Jill Harman, director of admissions in the Office of Admissions nominated by David Zehnder, OMS I.
Classified: Dorrie Andermills, administrative specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs nominated by Deb Woods, residency program advisory committee director in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Faculty: Todd Fredricks, D.O. ('93),  assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine nominated by Laura Rush, executive director of the Clinical & Translational Research Unit.
To learn how you can nominate a Heritage College employee for a CARE (Celebrating Achievements & Recognizing Excellence) award, click here.
The CARE program is also conducting an anonymous survey to collect feedback on the program. Click here to take the survey.
College officials named to state GME committee
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education Robert A. Cain, D.O., ('88) are among the appointees, along with Jon F. Wills, executive director of the Ohio Osteopathic Association, to a 12-member Graduate Medical Education Study Committee, created by the Ohio General Assembly and chaired by the Governor's Office of Health Transformation. The commission met Oct. 29 to review why Ohio Medicaid's current GME funding formula generates dramatically different results for hospitals that provide similar medical training opportunities. It has until the end of the year to report its recommendations for modernizing the Medicaid GME formula and aligning it to support state priorities like recruiting and retaining more physicians in primary care.
Resident at clinical campus sites wins research prize
Joseph F. Georges, D.O., Ph.D., a neurosurgery resident at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital Columbus and Grant Medical Center, recently won first place in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) 2015 Annual Resident Paper Contest for the second consecutive year.
Georges was awarded $1,500 for his first-prize research paper proposing switchable aptamers to enhance expeditious, accurate intra-operative decision-making. (Aptamers are single-stranded DNA or RNA molecules that can bind to pre-selected targets including specific proteins and peptides).
Research papers entered in the competition can receive up to 100 points in each of five categories, for a total of 500 points maximum. The categories include type of research paper; attention to grammar; addition to science; research conducted; and change to neuroscience practice. Georges' award was presented in the ACOS Annual Clinical Assembly Oct. 4 in Chicago, where he was asked to give a slide presentation on his work.
College launches transition-to-research program
The Heritage College has launched the Transition to Research Independence Award program, aimed at maintaining a strong cohort of new and talented physician scientists. The program has two goals: to facilitate the transition of medical students with substantial research experience from pre-doctoral research positions to mentored post-graduate positions, and to provide independent research support during the transition that will put students on the path to competitive, independent research careers. More information about the program can be found here.
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College to once again host live TEDMED conference
On Nov. 18-20, the Heritage College will bring TEDMED, a health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, to its academic and clinical campuses.
This will mark the second year that the college has hosted the TEDMED conference via streaming video hookup. Last year's conference, beamed live from Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, was built around the theme, "Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine." This year's gathering, from Palm Springs, Calif., will focus on "breaking through the status quo to shape a healthier world."
The conference will feature 70 diverse speakers, drawn from the worlds of science, health care, business, politics, activism, the arts and journalism, to name only a few. The stage program will offer a range of panel discussions, on themes including Human Explorations; Mind Matters; Catalyzing Great Science; Back to Basics; Food Fix; Techno-Utopia; Who Cares for Health Care?; and Out There. The conference is very much an interactive event, with participants at teleconferenced sites encouraged to join in the conversation.
Speakers will include pioneering genome scientist J. Craig Venter; Nobel Laureate Peter Agre; actress Goldie Hawn; Susan G. Komen for the Cure President Judith Salerno; White House Technology Adviser Todd Park; "haptic educator" Carla Pugh; American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis Brawley; science-of-sex journalist Daniel Bergner; former FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg; CDC Director Thomas Frieden; and poet/essayist/science writer Diane Ackerman.
TEDMED sessions on Thursday and Friday will be streamed to these locations:
Athens - Grosvenor 128 Thursday and part of Friday, then Irvine 128F after 1:30 p.m. Friday
Dublin - MEB1-431 Thursday; MEB1-415 Friday
Cleveland - SPS-107 Thursday; SPS-426 Friday