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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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Monday, July 22 Belpre Primary Care Clinic 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Fruth Pharmacy

Wednesday, July 24 Reedsville Primary Care Clinic 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Coolspot Country Market

Monday, July 29 Athens Primary Care Clinic 8:30 AM — 3:30 PM Heritage Community Clinic Grosvenor Hall West Ohio University

  • 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.

  • Research spotlight: Graciela Muniz-Terrera, Ph.D.

    In this research spotlight, learn more about Professor of Social Medicine Graciela Muniz-Terrera, Ph.D., whose research focuses on aging and brain health, including dementia.

  • Immersion event connects incoming RUSP students with community

    In August, 40 new RUSP students visited rural and underserved communities in Columbus and Glouster to learn about social determinants of health and the assets that exist in these communities.

  • From the Farm to Pharm: Jaret Shook, OMS-I's Path to HCOM

    Jaret Shook, OMS-I, details his experience as a farmhand, a pharmacist and what brought him to the Heritage College.

  • Graduate connects with rural patients

    Nathan P. Samsa grew up in a rural area and began his career as a pharmacist before earning his osteopathic medical degree. He returned to his roots and is providing personalized medicine to his rural patients.

  • Summer Session of Aspiring D.O.ctors Program Launches

    For the first time a summer session of the Aspiring D.O.ctors Program was held on the Heritage College's Cleveland campus. Second-year medical students planned the four-day program.

  • Student spotlight: Ariana Cucci, OMS IV, and Kristina Green, OMS IV

    Medical school provides a unique opportunity to grow your passion in life and support your community at the same time. Two Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students have taken this approach to medical school and created a community outreach organization that combines their excitement for holistic health with their personal pursuit of wellness.

  • Research spotlight: Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III

    Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III, whose research focuses on how doulas help Black women have healthier birth outcomes, shares why research is rewarding.

  • Research spotlight: Sarah E. Rubin, PhD, and Joselyn Hines, OMS III

    A team of researchers, including Associate Professor of Instruction Sarah Rubin, Ph.D., and Joselyn Hines, OMS III, followed 17 pregnant mothers throughout their pregnancy to learn more about Black motherhood and structural racism.

  • A Look Into the Baby Bag Project: The Effort to Aid Mothers in Need

    Three HCOM alumni and one first year student have been working on collecting supplies for new mothers to help improve health outcomes for newborns. We sat down with them to get insights into the project and how others can help.

  • All in the Family: Legacy Graduates within the Class of 2022

    Three legacy graduates from the Class of 2022 discuss how their family impacted their path to becoming a D.O.

  • Meeting his Match: Spotlight on Kyle McGrath, D.O.

    Recent graduate Kyle McGrath, D.O. discusses how his connection to HCOM has made multiple impacts on his life, not just his career.

  • Chatting with Recent Graduate David Strawhun, D.O.

    David Strawhun is a recent Heritage College graduate with the Class of 2022. We talked with him about his career, the pandemic and what he would tell those who are interested in a medical career.