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Here's to 40 more years of success, Heritage College

Ronald Moomaw, D.O. ('80), is a member of the college's first graduating class.
Forty years sounds like an eternity. Looking forward, it is another lifetime; looking backward, it was just a moment. A continuum of a lifetime of memories - something we can all relate to. I am so amazed that the plans and hopes for osteopathic education to bloom are actually here, alive and growing.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was conceived, planned and made operational in record time. When my education began in Athens in 1976 as part of that first class, the entire student body numbered 24, a mere one tenth of the class that started this year.  We were placed amid construction of the building and the formation of teaching staff, with the faith that we would have third- and fourth-year training programs planned and operational when we needed them. We had doubts and fears, but the drive to succeed prevailed. Our Class of 1980 helped pave the way for the 240 members of the Class of 2019, which will be the Heritage College's 40th graduating class.

I am so proud to be part of this college, having been part of its rise from a concept to becoming a major medical school that has graduated more than 3,000 physicians with skills and training that are state of the art. This year is our 40th anniversary, and yes, it is cause to celebrate. But let's celebrate this college's bright future, as well as its storied past. A growing body of young physicians who have the support of the college and its alumni will have the ability to continue the drive forward and influence health care both in their hometowns and nationally.

The launch of the Dublin and Cleveland campuses allows us to usher in a new era expanding medical education, with resources and technology spread over a greater geographic presence. Celebrate the growth of past and be part of the future of osteopathic medicine.
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AOA honors Kropf with its Mentor of the Year Award

Katy Kropf, D.O. ('02)
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.

College partners on events for National Diabetes Awareness 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 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 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.

Heritage College joins two other colleges in historic pact to improve health in Appalachia
Signing a memorandum of understanding on the consortium are, from left: Michael Wieting, D.O., interim dean of Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kenneth Johnson, D.O., executive dean of Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Boyd Buser, D.O., dean of University of Pikeville Kentucky-College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In a step that holds great promise for medically underserved populations in central Appalachia, three osteopathic medical schools in three states - including Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - 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 that measurably improve health status in the region, by addressing how osteopathic physicians are trained. The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today marks a major step toward achieving that aim. As a first step, Consortium researchers will assess the health care workforce in central Appalachia, and examine how each of the colleges prepares physicians, to determine ways they can better fit their medical education strategies to meeting the region's health care needs.

NSF awards more than $1 million to Heritage 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 in the college's Department of Biomedical Sciences: Susan Williams, Ph.D., professor of anatomy; Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and neuroscience; and Lawrence M. Witmer, Ph.D.

Symposium offered by Heritage College and CHSP explores the promise of health care teamwork
The theme was building bridges, as nearly 80 Ohio University 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.