Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H., speaks at the Heritage College 2016 Convocation July 23, after receiving the Phillips Medal of Public Service.
OMNI's Clark pens chapter in major gerontology text
Brian Clark, Ph.D., executive director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and
Neurological Institute
, is the co-author of a chapter in a forthcoming edition of a medical textbook that its publisher describes as "the gold-standard text on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the elderly." 

Completely updated with a new full-color presentation,
Hazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Seventh Edition, published by McGraw Hill, "combines gerontology principles with clinical geriatrics, offering a uniquely holistic approach to this ever-expanding area of medicine." 

Clark, a professor of physiology at the Heritage College, was recently selected as the first Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Harold E. Clybourne, D.O., Endowed Research Chair. He is internationally known for his research into muscle weakness and physical function impairments in the elderly. His chapter in Hazzard's deals with the effects of aging on the muscles.

CTRU studies how to treat soldiers with poison ivy
What's the best way to treat soldiers with poison ivy? That was a question that
Clinical & Translational Research Unit Senior Clinical Project Managers Rachel Clift and Lee Ann Williams were helping answer during a recent Ohio Army National Guard exercise, which took place at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Ravenna, Ohio. 

Heritage College clinical faculty member and Ohio Army National Guard Col. Robert A. Johnson, Jr., D.O., partnered with the CTRU and Todd Fredricks, D.O., ('93), an assistant professor of family medicine at the Heritage College, and a colonel in the West Virginia Army National Guard, to launch the research project. 

Clift is pictured at right with Sgt. Zachary Barlow.

Heritage College students join Botswana health sojourn
Four Heritage College medical students were among a contingent of students
Gillian Ice, center, with the four Heritage College medical students who went on the trip to Botswana.
and faculty from Ohio University who traveled to Botswana this summer to provide health education and work with care providers in that African nation.

Sarah Boldt, Margaret Watt, Kelsey Lee and Lindsey Matthews, all from the Heritage College Class of 2019, went on the trip. Boldt and Matthews attend the Heritage College, Athens, while Watt and Lee attend the Heritage College, Dublin. The four medical students, along with seven nursing students from the College of Health Sciences and Professions, got a chance to see clinical cases that are rare in the United States and to experience some of the challenges faced by Botswanan health care providers.

They also learned something about the cultural differences that affect how care is delivered in different countries, according to Global Health Initiative Director Gillian Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of social medicine and associate professor of biomedical sciences, who also went on the Botswana trip. 

Boldt called it "very eye-opening" to watch health care professionals handle heavy patient loads with small staffs and scarce resources. She said she expects that when she becomes a practicing physician, the memory of this experience will help her find "that little extra motivation" to keep caring for patients through fatigue and long hours of work.

To read more about the trip, click here.

Student floats gender equity resolutions at AAFP conference
At the 2016 American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, which took place in Kansas City July 28-30, Jessica Tucker, OMS IV, presented four resolutions. They called on the AAFP to take steps to address the documented pay gap between male and female physicians, which research suggests cannot be adequately explained by productivity or other professional factors. The resolutions, which were passed unanimously by a congress of student members of AAFP, will now be considered by the AAFP Congress of Delegates, whose national conference is set for Sept. 19-21 in Orlando, Fla. 

First D.O./M.B.A. class take their expertise to Italy
The first class of three students in the D.O./M.B.A. program - established in 2015 by the Heritage College and the Ohio
From left, Dan Krajcik, Ashleigh Slemmer, Elizabeth Rosenfeld and Andy Leubitz, at  Florence's Ponte Vecchio Bridge. (Krajcik, Slemmer and Leubitz make up the first class of D.O./M.B.A. studen
University College of Business - capped off the M.B.A. portion of their coursework in the summer of 2016 with an international consulting trip to Ancona, Italy. Dan Krajcik, Ashleigh Slemmer  and Andy Leubitz, who are in their third years of work toward the D.O. degree, gave presentations to multiple companies in that country. 

The D.O./M.B.A. program, which receives financial support from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation's transformational $105 million gift, is designed for medical students who are interested in integrating the study of medicine with training in managerial, financial and technical expertise, which they can then apply to the health care field, and which uniquely prepares them as experienced leaders in the modern marketplace.

Students in the program have full access to the resources of both colleges. Career paths open to them include working as academic physicians, owners of a clinical practice, hospital administrators, business consultants and health care policy researchers, as well as work in related fields such as the biotechnology industry.
New on Heritage College blog


Tom Fries, a Democrat from Dayton, was serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives when he became lead sponsor of the 1975 legislation that created what is now the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In this blog post, he talks about how proud he remains to this day of his role in the project.

National Day of Solidarity events
Saturday, Aug. 20
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Separate events on all three Heritage College campuses, in connection with a National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide
To visit the Facebook event page for each campus, click on the campus below:
Cleveland OHIO Memorial golf outing
Monday, Aug. 29
Noon - check in/welcome
1 p.m. - shotgun start
5:30 p.m. - celebration dinner
Chagrin Valley Country Club
4700 Som Center Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

For more information or to register, click here.
Saturday, Sept. 17 - Tuesday, Sept. 20
Anaheim, Calif.
The American Osteopathic Association's 121st annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition. The Heritage College will have Booth 832 in the exhibit area, and will be hosting an alumni reception.
For more information or to register, click here.
In the news
Columbus Dispatch
July 11

Pomeroy Daily Sentinel
June 23

Columbus CEO
August 2016

Alums in the news
Jennifer Symonds, D.O. ('94)
U.S. Forest Service blog
July 11

Terry Wagner, D.O. ('93)
The Alliance Review
Aug. 5

Brand Showcase

Every unit at the college plays an important role in sharing the Heritage College story. Since the 2014 launch of our "Care Leads Here" branding, many individuals have incorporated our brand beautifully into their communications with others both inside and outside the college. Highlighted below are two projects recently developed by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources that show how these offices have used branding tools to clearly and consistently share the Heritage College message. 

The Office of Communication has developed several Communication Resources, located here, to help faculty and staff use our branding in their day-to-day work. If you have ideas of other branded resources that you would find useful, please email us at
  • The 2016 Genesis memory book, presented to each member of the Heritage College Class of 2016 (If you would like to see a hard copy of this publication, please contact Tammy Andrews, administrative specialist in the Office of Student Affairs in Athens.)

  • HR Updates, an email newsletter distributed to all Heritage College employees

Human Resources

New hires
David Eggler, IT support specialist, joined the Office of Information and Learning
Technologies at the Heritage College, Cleveland, on June 6. He can be reached in SPS-120B at or 

Wei-Ming Duan, M.D., Ph.D., associate lecturer, joined the Department of
Biomedical Sciences at the Heritage College, Cleveland, on July 1. He can be reached in SPS-334D at or 216.295.7537.

Scott Anzalone, M.D., associate lecturer in primary care/family medicine, joined
the Department of Family Medicine and Rural and Underserved Programs in Athens July 1. He can be reached at at

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