Boxcom 2.0: Explaining HCOM's Folders and How We'll Use Them
Tuesday, Dec. 15
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grosvenor 128 - Athens
MEB1-415 - Dublin
SPS120 - Cleveland
Hosted by communication specialists Jody Grenert and Mackenzie O'Dwyer. Contact Jody Grenert,
Lunchtime seminar
Monday, Dec. 21
Noon - 1 p.m.
OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, room 014
SafeZone training for health care & behavioral health professionals. Contact
Dan Smith,, for videoconferencing to clinical campus sites; Heritage College, Dublin, or Grosvenor Hall 017. Not available in Cleveland. 
Lunch trays and brown bags welcome.
For more information ontact Vickey Haller,

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Dec. 5
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Heritage Community Clinic honored by state agency
The Heritage Community Clinic has a special reason to celebrate
Free clinic award recipients at the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 2 included representatives from Heritage College Community Health Programs.
Free Clinic Appreciation month. The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have recognized the facility as the state's Free Clinic of the Year.
The honor is one of four new awards established by state legislation last year, designating December as Free Clinic Appreciation Month. The awards - which also include Free Clinic Physician, Nurse and Dentist of the Year - were presented by ODH officials at the Ohio Statehouse Dec. 2.
"We feel very honored and grateful to be chosen for this award," said Kathy Trace, M.A., B.S.N., R.N., director of Community Health Programs and the Area Health Education Center at the Heritage College. "We are fortunate to have the support of the Heritage College and the service of dedicated physicians and passionate staff who provide the care for our community. And of course, we deeply appreciate our grantors and collaborators who make this work possible."

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College launches blog to celebrate 40th anniversary
The Heritage College is 40, and its Office of Communication has launched a blog, Ohio University Medicine, to tell the college story throughout this celebratory anniversary year. Visitors to will find posts about the people who put in place the foundation for today's successes, and our ideas and initiatives going forward.

"We have a different name than we started with 40 years ago. We prepare physicians differently than we did in the '70s. Our college changes constantly in response to innovations in patient care and community needs. But we are still true to the same principles upon which we were founded," said Karoline Lane, chief communications officer. "We've got powerful stories, present and past, to tell about how CARE LEADS HERE."

College recognizes 37 preceptors as Master Faculty
The Heritage College has recently recognized 37 of its clinical faculty members as Master Faculty, including 11 Heritage College alumni. The college bestows this honor every four years on a select group of physicians who teach at its clinical campuses, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the college. It is the highest honor the college gives faculty members working at its consortium of clinical teaching sites around the state.

"One of my favorite duties as executive dean is honoring the longtime standouts among our clinical faculty," Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., said. "These physician-teachers play a truly indispensable role in training our students, interns and residents. We would not be able to do what we do without their willingness to share their skills and experience."

Primary care programs receive MEDTAPP funding
The Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) has awarded more than $600,000 to the Heritage College to support a program designed to improve the retention of primary care health workers and for scholarships that will be given to medical students planning to practice primary care.
MEDTAPP awarded more than $209,000 for a two-year continuation of the Integrated Mind-Body Medicine Program. This innovative program, now in its third year, equips early-career medical professionals with the knowledge, skills and support they need to care for impoverished patients who are suffering from traumatic stress.

Diabetes Institute goes all out for awareness month
The Diabetes Institute rolled out a full slate of events for National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. These ranged from fun and educational events for the general public, to a talk by a prestigious Harvard-based researcher.
On Nov. 20 Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N., Ph.D., of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School spoke to students and faculty in a visit through the Endocrine Society's Visiting Professor Program, supported by Eisai Inc. Weinger is an investigator in the Section of Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research; an associate professor of psychiatry; director of the Office of Research Fellow Affairs; and director of the Center for Innovation in Diabetes Education.
On Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, multiple events took place.
People in the Athens area were invited to "Walk With a Doc" to improve their fitness and learn more about diabetes. This was the third year that the Diabetes Institute partnered with Live Healthy Appalachia to host this national walking program, which encourages people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Doctors specializing in diabetes led the walk in Athens, giving participants a chance to ask diabetes-related questions. For the second year, Athens also hosted the Bring Diabetes to Light 5K run.
Also on that day, a Diabetes Expo at the Athens Community Center offered visitors diabetes-friendly cooking demonstrations, free foot checks and health screenings. Dietitians, diabetes educators and other experts also were on hand to answer questions.
Two days a week throughout the month, staff from the Diabetes Institute answered questions about the Diabetes Certificate Program, which is available to OHIO undergraduate and graduate students, and provided updates on Ohio University's diabetes research, education, clinical care and outreach at the Ohio University Baker Center. The Ohio University Chapter of the College Diabetes Network was also available to answer questions.
Finally, there was the Blue Circle Challenge, in which the Diabetes Institute challenged groups to create and photograph human "blue circles." To see photos of this and other activities from National Diabetes Awareness Month, check out the Diabetes Institute's Facebook page.
College faculty, students receive Kopchick awards
Heritage College faculty and students were among the 14 recipients of funding for medical research Nov. 14, when the 2015 John J.
Award founder John J. Kopchick, Ph.D.
Kopchick awards were presented in a ceremony at Ohio University's Nelson Commons.
A total of more than $87,000 in awards were presented to support research in areas such as obesity, diabetes and neurogenetic diseases.
Heritage College faculty recipients included Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., executive director of the Heritage College's Diabetes Institute at Ohio University; Erin Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of bacteriology; and Xiao Chen, Ph.D., associate professor of transgenic systems.
Student recipients included D.O./Ph.D. candidates Ian Ackers, Alison Brittain and Elizabeth Jensen, and OMS IV Ashley Patton.
Check out Points of Pride, Cleveland welcome videos
Two new videos highlighting the Heritage College are available for viewing on YouTube.
Our 2015 Points of Pride video, which was screened during the October Kudos! celebration, reviews a few of the many accomplishments of the last year.
The second video gives viewers a ringside seat at the August Welcome Celebration for the Heritage College, Cleveland.
Check them out by clicking on the links!
New top staff hired for Appalachian COM consortium
In early November the Heritage College took an historic step with two other osteopathic medical schools to become founding members of the Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (CACCOM). In connection with this important new venture, the college has hired two new administrators.
Megan Nunemaker began work Aug. 31 as CACCOM's senior research project manager.
Sebastian Diaz, Ph.D., J.D., started Sept. 1 as CACCOM's lead faculty researcher and associate professor of family medicine
Nunemaker and Diaz have been hired to support and grow CACCOM and its research agenda. 
The consortium is a collaborative effort among the Heritage College; Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn; and University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. On Nov. 9, leaders from the three colleges signed a memorandum of understanding, affirming their commitment to work together in CACCOM.
The group is structured to promote a collaborative assessment of the region's health care workforce, and aims to improve health status in central Appalachia by addressing how osteopathic physicians are trained.
human resources
New hires
Zhijun Shen, post-doctoral researcher, joined the Heritage College, Athens, on Oct. 21.  He can be reached at

David Descutner, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of social medicine, joined the college Oct. 6.  He can be reached at Grosvenor Hall 302 at 740.593.2440.

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Recordings available of single-accreditation webinar
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has made available recordings from a Nov. 13 webinar on the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system and osteopathic recognition. The webinar featured speakers from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was designed specifically for osteopathic medical students.
ACGME speakers featured in the webinar were Lorenzo Pence, D.O., senior vice president, osteopathic accreditation; and Natasha Bray, D.O., vice chair, osteopathic principles committee. The webinar provided background, overview and a timeline of the single GME accreditation system; important information on eligibility for specialties with a preliminary year; the latest news and statistics on the transition of AOA-accredited programs and institutions; an overview of osteopathic recognition of programs and updates from the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee; and resources to help students navigate the transition to the single GME accreditation system.
Students who wish to view material from the webinar can access it here.
They can find additional resources and updates on the transition to the single GME accreditation system by visiting, and