Nov 9, 2012
Photos by John Sattler; Text by Sydney Webber
The mission of Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) is to educate physicians committed to practice in Ohio, emphasize primary care, engage in focused research, and embrace both Appalachian and urban communities. Now in its 37th year, the college is undergoing extraordinary growth and change. The only osteopathic medical school in the state, OU-HCOM is opening extension campuses in central Ohio in 2014 and northeastern Ohio in 2015* that will transform the resources available to students and make a tremendous impact on the health of all Ohioans.
OU-HCOM supports over 1,000 trainees in its entire network each year, including 500 medical students and 600 residents, interns and fellows, who train at its Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education, one of the largest, most advanced, and best supported osteopathic medical education consortiums in the United States.
At OU-HCOM's 27 CORE teaching hospitals, students explore primary care and the full range of specialties in rural, suburban and urban practice settings. During third and fourth year rotations, students gain the clinical skills to prosper in today’s rapidly changing medical practice environment.
OU-HCOM medical students can volunteer in clinical and other community health-related experiences,providing important services to the community and, in the process, learning skills to become better physicians.
Bettering the lives of its neighbors throughout southeastern Ohio is a priority for OU-HCOM. Through its Community Health Programs and the Heritage Community Clinic the college provides the best quality health care for those who cannot otherwise afford it.
OU-HCOM is advancing research on diagnostics, treatments and cures for some of the most pervasive health care issues both here and abroad, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Its faculty members, who often conduct their research with the assistance of medical students and biomedical science graduate students, have earned national recognition for their contributions to medicine and scientific understanding.
OU-HCOM students represent a full range of life experience, from first-generation student doctors to multinational and nontraditional students. Minority groups comprise approximately 25 percent of each entering class.
OU-HCOM students develop a global perspective on health, disease and health care delivery and expand their clinical and research skills through a variety of international programs.
Through dual-degree programs, specialized medical training in rural and urban medicine, and undergraduate fellows programs in family practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, students can shape their own educational experience and meet specific career goals.