BPI researcher Erin Murphy, Ph.D.,works in her lab.

Illustration by Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


JAOA Editor Robert Orenstein, D.O.

JAOA editor to visit Heritage College

Robert Orenstein , D.O., editor of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, will visit with student and faculty researchers at the Heritage College next week to gain an understanding of the scope of research being done at the college. 

The entire college is invited to attend Dr. Orenstein's lecture to the Translational Biomedical Sciences seminar,  "Writing Manuscripts for Scientific Publication: Avoiding Pitfalls," at 4 p.m. on  Wednesday, Feb. 14.

This event will take place in Grosvenor 128 (Athens), with videoconferencing to SPS-342 (Cleveland) and MEB1-415 (Dublin). 

Ohio Osteopathic Symposium just around the corner

Registration is now open for the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, an annual joint venture of the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

This year's OOS, which takes place from Wednesday, April 25, to Sunday, April 29, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center, 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, who spoke at a leadership summit for Heritage College students in 2017.

In addition to CME options for practicing physicians, OOS offers sessions for students and potential students as well, including an information session on Heritage College admissions, a research poster exhibition/competition and a networking reception. The event is free for medical students.  

For more information and to register, visit the OOS Website.

Directors, IORs in place for new curriculum

The Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum Steering Committee has announced curriculum directors, instructors of record, and members of four course teams for the new curriculum, which will launch in August.

The curriculum directors for the PHWC are Jody Gerome Zuchowski, D.O.('05), assistant dean and associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology, and Peter Coschigano, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology.

The four phases of the PHWC will focus on wellness, acute illness, chronic illness and return to wellness. Instructors of record are:

Leah Sheridan, Ph.D., associate lecturer in physiology
Paige Gutheil, D.O. ('02), assistant professor of primary care
Acute Illness
Ann Dietrich, M.D., associate professor of primary care
Fabian Benencia, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology
Chronic Illness
Christine Fall, M.D., associate lecturer in primary care
Christian Stork , Ph.D., lecturer in physiology
Return to Wellness
Dawn Graham, Ph.D., lecturer in social medicine
Andrea Barresi, Ph.D., lecturer in physiology
The course teams are:

Joseph Bianco, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine
Lawrence Witmer, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and Chang Ying-Chien Professor of Paleontology
Karen Coschigano, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular/cellular biology and director of the Diabetes Institute research division
Shawn Kerger, D.O. ('95), associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine
Nathaniel Kralik, OMS IV
Acute Illness
Erin Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of bacteriology
Christie Murphy, D.O. ('98), associate lecturer in primary care
Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, interim associate dean for academic affairs
Jenny Zamor , D.O. ('98), lecturer in osteopathic manipulative medicine
Chronic Illness
Nick Okada, Ph.D., associate lecturer in pediatrics
Kelly Coon  Adami , D.O. ('95), associate professor of family medicine
Ruger Porter , Ph.D., lecturer in human anatomy
Cheryl Hammes , D.O. ('98), associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine
Audrone Biknevicius , Ph.D., associate professor of gross anatomy
Return to Wellness
Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine 
Alan Wiggers, D.O. ('90), associate professor of family medicine
Maureen Kollar, D.O. ('84), assistant professor of primary care
Michael Soroka, D.O., assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine
Nancy Stevens, Ph.D., professor of functional morphology and vertebrate paleontology

For an update on the preparations to launch the PHWC, come to the Community Forum on Tuesday, March 20, from noon - 1 p.m. at these locations:  
Athens: Irvine 194
Cleveland: SPS-110
Dublin : MEB1 - 415

Please send an email to  hcomvc@ohio.edu to request videoconferencing. 


Three faculty receive Baker research awards
Three Heritage College faculty members were among seven OHIO researchers who received John C. Baker Fund awards to fund their research proposals during fall semester.

Zelalem Haile, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Social Medicine, Heritage College, Dublin, is collaborating with Ilana Chertok, Ph.D., R.N.,  associate director of nursing research and scholarship in the College of Health Sciences and Professions,  on the project "Timing of Lactogenesis II among Women with and without Gestational Diabetes." They received a $12,000 award from the Baker Fund.

Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy in the Department of Social Medicine, Heritage College, Dublin, and Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., assistant professor of social medicine at the Heritage College, Athens, received $9,002 for their project, "Medical Urbanism."

Article re-examines rural competencies 
Randall Longenecker
, M.D., assistant dean for rural and underserved programs, was first author on an article recently published in the journal Family Medicine. In the paper, "Competence Revisited in a Rural Context," Dr. Longenecker and four co-authors attempt to sharpen the focus of a list of essential competencies for rural practitioners, and establish which competencies are most important specifically in a rural setting.

Note: Send news about published journal articles, books, conference presentations, honors, awards or appointments to ouhcomexrel@ohio.edu for consideration for the 'Accolades' section.
JAOA editor lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 14
4 p.m.
Athens: Grosvenor 128
Cleveland : SPS-342
Dublin: MEB1-415
Robert Orenstein, D.O., editor of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, will speak to the Translational Biomedical Sciences seminar on the topic,  "Writing Manuscripts for Scientific Publication: Avoiding Pitfalls."

Biomedical Technology Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 15
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Grover Center Atrium, Athens
Sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions with collaborative support from the Heritage College and Ohio University's Office of Vice President for Research, this event will feature scientists, educators and industry partners demonstrating emerging technologies and how innovations can be applied to patient care, research and education.

Community Forum - State of the College Address
Tuesday, Feb. 27 
Noon - 1 p.m.
Athens: Irvine 194
Cleveland: SPS-377
Dublin : MEB1 - 415
Join Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., as he discusses his vision for the college's future and introduces the 2018-2021 strategic plan. Please send an email to  hcomvc@ohio.edu   to request videoconferencing.

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.
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