Talent Follies
March 11
6:30 p.m.
Irvine 194, Athens
Sponsored by Student Osteopathic Medical Association
Admission $3
Contact Heather Kremin,
DOC (Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment) Awards 
March 14
5:30 - 8:30.p.m.
Athens: Baker Center Ballroom
Dublin: DIEC 2nd floor
Cleveland: ThistleDown Racino

Celebrate Women 2016 Conference

March 18

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ohio University Lancaster

1570 Granville Pike

Speakers will include former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, M.D., AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines, and multiple Heritage College faculty. 

For more information or to register click here.

2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
March 25
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Irvine Hall 199
This event will also be teleconferenced to the Dublin and Cleveland campuses for those who register online.
This year's theme is "Collaborating for Clinical Innovation." Keynote address at 12:30 p.m., by Todd Wilson, D.O., program director of the Division of Clinical Innovation within the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Registration is required. To register click here
Ohio Osteopathic Symposium
April 20-24
Hilton Columbus 
at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive 
Jointly sponsored by the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association, OOS is the state's premier continuing medical education event for osteopathic physicians. Register here.
Heritage College 2016 Awards Ceremony
May 6
12:30 p.m.
Baker Ballroom, Athens
Class of 2016 students need to RSVP here.
Heritage College 2016 Commencement
May 7
10 a.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Athens
After commencement, a reception will be held in Baker Ballroom. For more information click here

in the news

Environment News Service
Feb. 1
The Athens NEWS
Feb. 4
The Athens Messenger
Feb. 9
Baby and Me Tobacco Free
Feb. 10
Geauga County Maple Leaf
Feb. 11
The Alton (Ill.) Telegraph
Feb. 13
Ohio Osteopathic Association 
Feb. 22
Health Facilities Management
Feb. 23
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
Feb. 23
Feb. 25

alums in the news

Loudonville's Dr. Allerding recounts Antarctic experience

(Steve Allerding, D.O., '85)
The Loudonville Times
Jan. 26
(Jay Shubrook, D.O., '96)
Feb. 2
(Carla K. Skytta, D.O., '06)
Feb. 10
(Daniel D. Burwell, D.O., '88)
Mansfield News Journal
March 7


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College researcher on quest for Antarctic dinos
A team of international researchers, including anatomy expert Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and director of the Clinical Presentation Continuum curriculum, is 
Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D.
journeying to Antarctica to search for evidence that the now-frozen continent may have been the starting point for some important species that roam the Earth today. The expedition is part of the Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project, or AP3, a research initiative funded by the National Science Foundation.

Millions of years ago, Antarctica was a warm and lush environment ruled by dinosaurs and inhabited by a great diversity of life. It may have even been the place where some animals that are important in today's ecosystems got their start. But today, the fossils that could reveal what prehistoric life was like are mostly buried under the ice of the harsh landscape.

Program helps SE Ohio moms kick tobacco
Tiffany Keirns of Chauncey had been smoking cigarettes for half of her life when she learned she was pregnant. But at that moment, she
Lynn Mash holds her grandson C.J. while his mother, Tiffany Keirns, looks on.
vowed to kick the habit cold turkey. "As soon as I found out, I just quit altogether," she recalls.

With her baby son, C.J., now around 9 months old, Keirns, 28, a former pack-a-day smoker, reported recently that she was still tobacco free. Staying that way remains a daily struggle for her, but one she considers well worth it. "It's hard," she admitted. "But I had to do it for him."

Keirns knew that smoking during pregnancy put her unborn baby at risk of multiple health problems such as premature delivery, low birth weight and even death. Her obstetrician/gynecologist provided her with more information and referred her to a Heritage College program that has helped her stick to her resolve to stay off cigarettes for her baby's sake.

New Heritage College website up and running
Just a reminder that the new and improved Heritage College website is now live. The Office of Communication would like to thank the many people at the college who have contributed to making this happen. The new site is still a work in progress, with several areas that need to be developed and many edits to be made. If you have any questions about it, please contact Jody Grenert,

Research showcase registration now open
Undergraduate, graduate and medical students at Ohio University have until 2 p.m. on March 25 to register for the 2016 Health Sciences Student Research and Creative Showcase. The Showcase, which takes place April 7, is jointly sponsored by the Heritage College and the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

The Showcase occurs one week prior to the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Expo, another student research competition, scheduled for April 14.

Posters entered in the Showcase will be placed in an assigned location within Grover Center beginning on Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. Judging will begin at 9:40 a.m. and go on until the Showcase begins. From 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, students will stand with their posters.

As a part of registration, students are required to submit a professional (i.e., a structured) abstract. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. Additional information will be available soon. For more information contact Beth Pierce, Register for the Showcase here.
Construction pending for Athens campus
The Heritage College is looking at a three-year time frame to develop new buildings and facilities on the Athens campus. The plan is part of the Ohio University Comprehensive Master Plan 2016, which provides a 10-year road map for university development. 

Now in the final stage of a feasibility study, the college is considering the construction of three buildings along the Union Street corridor, which would provide easy access to OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital and the main university campus; allow for future expansion if necessary; and create a gateway to Ohio University where one did not exist before. Currently, the college's teaching, office and lab spaces are spread across six buildings on the Athens campus, most of which are former dormitories. The feasibility study is expected to wrap up in March. Hammering out specific elements and features of new facilities at the Heritage College, Athens, will occur during the design phase and will include input from faculty, staff and students.
Director of University Planning and Space Management Shawna Bolin presented details about the university's master plan and the long-term vision for the Athens campus facilities during a community forum for faculty, staff and students Jan. 27. More details about the master plan can be found here
Changes coming to CARE Award program
The Heritage College's employee recognition program, CARE (Celebrating Achievements and Recognizing Excellence), has made several changes in the nomination and awards process. Some of the biggest changes include:
  • The CARE Award will be given quarterly instead of monthly.
  • The CARE committee will vote for one award recipient in each job category: administrative staff, classified and faculty. Last year, the committee pulled names from a hat.
  • Recipients will receive $200, an increase from the $75 previously awarded.
  • Nominations will remain active for the entire calendar year.
We are currently accepting nominations for the first quarter. You can submit your nominations by March 31 on the CARE website
More than 100 entries in annual poster contest
Organizers of the 6th annual Ohio Osteopathic Poster Competition and Exhibition report that with the registration period now closed, 118 abstracts have been accepted for the contest. These include 52 in the biomedical/clinical category, 54 case reports and 12 exhibition entries. 

Entries came from six states: Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana and West Virginia. The competition this year was opened to both D.O. and M.D. residents and students, and abstracts were accepted from three M.D. students and three M.D. residents.

The competition is held annually during the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, which takes place this year April 20-24 in Columbus. For more information on the competition click here.
Fourth-year student begins OOA policy rotation
Heritage College OMS IV Nate Overmire, of Toledo, started a
four-week health policy rotation at the offices of the Ohio Osteopathic Association in mid-February. It has included attending several committee hearings at the Statehouse, meeting with state representatives, and receiving an overview of the OOA's legislative agenda. Nine Heritage College students have completed the clerkship since the program was approved by the college for elective credit in 2013.
Legislators take part in Health Policy Day
On Feb. 15, Heritage College students and administrators heard from state legislators and others about pending Ohio health care legislation and related issues, during the college's third annual Health Policy Day. 

Four current state representatives began the day with small-group breakfasts with participants: Reps. Sarah LaTourette and Nickie Antonio were at Heritage College, Cleveland; Rep. Heather Bishoff was in Dublin; and Rep. Debbie Phillips was in Athens. Later, nearly 400 students from all three Heritage College campuses heard presentations by guest speakers in Athens and Dublin. Former state Rep. Ted Celeste and Ohio State University assistant professor Andrew Wapner, D.O., M.P.H., gave keynote addresses. During the afternoon, guests from the Ohio Osteopathic Association, state agencies and other health care organizations facilitated small group discussions. 
human resources
New hires

Caitlin Barnhardt, assistant director, student events & leadership, joined the Office of Student Affairs Jan. 19. She can be reached in Grosvenor Hall 018, Athens, at 740.593.2164.

Lauren Volz, research assistant, joined the Office of Research and Grants Jan. 25. She can be reached at Irvine Hall 353, Athens, at 740.566.9873.

In each issue of ROUNDS, look here
for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.

Forum to offer update on curriculum progress
The Heritage College Curriculum Transformation Team, which
for well over a year has been investigating options for transforming the college's primary care curricula, will present at an Executive Dean's Community Forum on Wednesday, March 23, updating faculty, staff and students on the team's progress.

The forum will take place from noon-1 p.m. and be accessible on all three campuses, at Dublin and Cleveland by teleconference. Team members will speak and answer questions on topics including what they've learned, and what happens next.

Locations for the forum:
  • Athens: Irvine 194
  • Dublin: MEB1-415
  • Cleveland: SPS-110
Those wishing videoconferencing to a clinical campus site should contact Dan Smith,

When the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation awarded the college an historic $105 million gift in 2011, one of the specified purposes for which the money was to be used was transformation of our primary care curricula. 

In pursuit of that goal, the Heritage College assembled the CTT, which has been meeting regularly since August 2014 to discuss the issue, has made information-gathering visits to other colleges, and has sponsored a series of speakers on topics relating to curricular transformation.

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