Nagesh Rao, Ph.D., speaks at the opening event in Athens for the new Office of Inclusion.

College launches new inclusion office
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the launch of its new Office of Inclusion with open house events on each of its three campuses April 10-12.
Calling the creation of the office - which has dedicated staff in Athens, Cleveland and Dublin - one of the college's most significant achievements during his tenure, Heritage College Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O., said that the college's dedication to providing diversity-related resources to students, faculty and staff is not new.
"Our medical school has always been deeply devoted to diversity and inclusion," Johnson said during the Athens event in Grosvenor Hall. "That has really been woven into everything we do."
Johnson invited Nagesh Rao, Ph.D., special advisor on inclusion and faculty affairs, to design and implement an inclusion office. Rao created an advisory group of students, faculty and staff from all three campuses to draft an action plan. Thanks to their cooperative effort and Johnson's leadership and vision, he said, the office came into being just 12 months after the executive dean 
called for a college-wide effort to replace a "culture of silence" around issues of diversity with a "culture of dialogue."
Ohio University is currently conducting its own push toward fostering greater diversity and inclusion; President M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D., has set as his top strategic priority making the university a national leader in this area, and the university is searching for a new vice president for diversity and inclusion. A number of university officials spoke at the Athens celebration event.
OHIO interim Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs, Ph.D., said that changing demographics in Ohio and the nation make it crucial to train a diverse and culturally sensitive workforce of primary care physicians. She predicted that the Heritage College "will play a key role in meeting this need."
Jenny Hall-Jones , Ph.D., OHIO associate vice president and dean of students, added that "health care is a social justice issue. It absolutely is," and congratulated the medical school "for being in the forefront of that."
Shilpa Krishnan , OMS II at the Heritage College, Athens, said that "as student doctors, we face the issue of diversity and inclusion every day... We want to be, as future physicians, the most inclusive we can possibly be."
John Kopchick, Ph.D., was honored during the Research, Exploration and Discovery Day in Athens April 4.

Jacob O'Day, OMS II Dublin, shares his research poster with Jenny Zamor, D.O. ('98), OMM lecturer at the campus. 


College launches new Instagram account

The Heritage College is excited to announce the launch of our new Instagram account -  @OUHCOMlife - where we'll showcase everyday life at th e Heritage College, as snapped by our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We kicked off the account this week with a student takeover for National Osteopathic Medicine Week, so check it out. Do you have photos or videos you'd like to share? Simply email or text your images and captions to to help us show the world why the Heritage College is a great place to study and work! Watch for more details soon on the @OUHCOMlife Instagram page, and don't forget to follow our other Instagram account - @OUHCOM - to see more photos of activities throughout the college.

Get your osteopathic pride on for April

Don't forget that April is officially designated as Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month in Ohio! It's a time for making that extra effort to raise awareness of the osteopathic profession, and to recognize the countless contributions made by Ohio D.O.s to public health and well-being. Learn more about how Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month came to be by watching this  video , and make sure to share the good news of osteopathic medicine on social media, using  #OhioDOMonth . And visit our event page to find resources, such as social media cover images, logos, a fact sheet, digital sign art, videos and more that you can use to promote the month. 

Study measures perceived need for diabetologists
Faculty members Amber Healy, D.O. ('09), assistant clinical professor in the Department of Specialty Medicine, and Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor emeritus of specialty medicine, were among the authors of a study published in the April issue of  Clinical Diabetes

The article, "Endocrinologists' Opinions of Diabetology as a Primary Care Subspecialty," reported on a survey conducted to ascertain the opinions of endocrinologists about diabetes care as it relates to the health care provider workforce. The majority of respondents agreed that there is a need for more providers to be trained to take care of patients with diabetes, and almost half agreed that primary care providers with advanced training in diabetes should be part of the workforce for managing the diabetes pandemic.

Note: Send news about published journal articles, books, conference presentations, honors, awards or appointments to for consideration for the 'Accolades' section.  
Ohio Osteopathic Symposium 2018
Wednesday, April 25 - Sunday, April 29
The Hilton Columbus at  Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus
Registration is open for the 2018 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium  ,  an annual joint venture of the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. This year's OOS boasts an agenda full of engaging medical education sessions around the theme "Igniting a Movement in Primary Care." Keynote speaker is  Andrew Morris-Singer,  M.D., president and founder of  Primary Care Progress . For more information and to register, visit the  OOS Website .
The Greenbrier Conference 2018
Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29
The Greenbrier
300 West Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The eighth annual Greenbrier Conference, jointly sponsored by the Heritage College and the Scioto County Medical Society, offers programs addressing clinical practice. Physicians will hear about the most recent developments in diagnosis, treatment and management of common clinical problems and be able to interact with faculty in an informal setting. Presenters will include Jody Gerome Zuchowski, D.O. ('05), of the Heritage College, who will speak on "Tracking Opioid Addiction."
Commencement awards ceremony
Friday, May 11
1 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
47 E. Union St.,  Athens
Attendance at this event is required for graduates.
Commencement 2018
Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. - noon
Convocation Center
95 Richland Ave., Athens
Longtime Heritage College benefactor  Richard A. "Rick" Vincent, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will be the speaker at Commencement 2018, the first Commencement to include graduates from the Heritage College, Dublin. Monitor the 2018 Commencement website for additional news and announcements as graduation approaches.
In the news
Massillon Independent
April 12
Cleveland Jewish News
April 12
Akron Beacon Journal
April 9
Crain's Cleveland Business
April 2
Alums in the news
Mary Schaefer Badger, D.O. ('81)
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living (pg. 128)
March 2018

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