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Family physicians, emergency physicans, psychologists and educators

The Department of Primary Care (DPC), one of the founding departments of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, is also its largest clinical department. It represents a diverse group of family physicians, emergency physicians, psychologists and educators who teach at all levels of the medical education continuum. Most provide clinical services to the community and many are actively involved in clinical research.

DPC serves as the academic base for the office of faculty development and is the academic home for family physicians, osteopathic manipulative medicine physicians and emergency physicians, who serve as preceptors for the Heritage College students in their clinical training years at Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) sites throughout Ohio.

Departmental faculty serve as preceptors for students at all levels, from the youngest Phase I student to PGY III family medicine residents. Many serve as course coordinators, block team leaders and facilitators in the Heritage College’s two curricular tracks.

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  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Charlie Spieser

    Charlie Spieser became interested in medicine after shadowing a D.O. in the eighth grade. Learn more about his medical school experience in this profile as we celebrate the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Jackson Mittlesteadt

    Columbus native and Class of 2024 graduate Jackson Mittlesteadt shares a love for medicine and literature. Learn more about his journey to medical school in this profile as we celebrate the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Gisselle Pichardo

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. Gisselle Pichardo, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, is spotlighted in this profile. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Rebecca Schmehl

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Rebecca Schmehl. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Brooke Rigot

    Meet Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Brooke Rigot. We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Tori Cartwright

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Tori Cartwright. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Hannah Lyons

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Hannah Lyons. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Joseph Miller

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Joseph Miller. 

  • Ohio Osteopathic Symposium brings physicians together

    The Ohio Osteopathic Symposium had another successful year as osteopathic physicians from across the state gathered in Columbus April 20 – 23 to learn more about critical issues in medicine, participate in continuing medical education activities and showcase the latest research developments.

  • Outstanding Class of 2023 students recognized at awards ceremony

    A crowded house at Temple-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium cheered on the achievements of the Class of 2023 during the Commencement Awards Ceremony. Students were recognized for leadership, research and more.

  • Heritage Hall wins design award

    The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s newest medical education facility, Heritage Hall, was recently recognized with an Outstanding Project Award in the Spring 2023 issue of Learning by Design magazine. 

  • Faculty Spotlight: Shaohua Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Shaohua Wang, assistant professor of medical microbiology, is a relative newcomer to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, joining the college seven months ago. We took some time to sit down with her and discuss her research, her time at the Heritage College and what initially drew her to microbial studies.

  • What to expect when you're at a medical school obstetrics lab

    At twenty-four weeks pregnant, I participated in the Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy Lab with Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students. The second-year medical students eagerly waited in the large lab room filled with dozens of medical tables, while the other participants and I waited in the third-floor hallway of the new and impressive Heritage Hall.

  • Faculty Spotlight: Caroline Mueller, Ph.D.

    Now in her second year at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Caroline Mueller, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of medical anatomy based on the Dublin campus. We sat down with her to learn more about her role at the college, research and what brought her here.

     

  • National Rural Health Day focuses on driving change

    For National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17, Kasey Roush, OMS IV, took first-year student Suzanne Chaar on a drive to one of her favorite spots in the Athens area.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Kate Spencer, serving the people of Appalachia

    Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Kate Spencer, D.O. ('22), grew up in rural Glouster, Ohio and is now doing her residency at O'Bleness Hospital in Athens. For National Rural Health Day, we talked with her to learn more about why practicing medicine in a rural area is exactly where she wants to be.

  • Student Spotlight: Meghan Trout, a physician and ally

    In conjunction with National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17, we spoke with second-year student Meghan Trout, who has lived in a rural community and plans to work with underserved populations when she becomes a physician. She and two other students participated in a social media takeover to mark National Rural Health Day.

  • Student Spotlight: Kasey Roush, caring for neighbors and friends

    Third-year medical student Kasey Roush grew up in Meigs County and plans to practice medicine in a rural community when she graduates. For National Rural Health Day, we spoke with her to learn more about her experience with the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program and why she returned to her roots.

  • A Mission to Serve: Nicolas Suglio’s Journey to the Heritage College

    The Heritage College sat down with Nicolas Suglio, OMS-I, to talk about his path to medical school, including his time serving in the Air National Guard.

  • Research spotlight: Allyson Hughes, Ph.D.

    Allyson Hughes, Ph.D., whose research focuses on health policy related to the intersection of diabetes and disabilities, was part of a recent cluster hire. In this research spotlight, learn why she finds research rewarding.