(COlUMBUS, Ohio) The 2016 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium posted record-breaking attendance, with 864 people gathering in Columbus April 20-24 to network, keep up to date with continuing medical education, and discuss emerging issues facing the osteopathic medical profession.
That attendance number is up by more than 50 attendees from last year’s OOS, and included a record 441 osteopathic physicians, 28 more than last year. It also included 233 alumni of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The event, put on jointly by the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association, featured as keynote speaker Paul Grundy, M.D., a social entrepreneur and expert on global health care transformation who’s known as the “Godfather of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.” Grundy spoke on the PCMH as “the foundation of transformation” in health care.
Sworn in during the Symposium as OOA’s new president was Geraldine Urse, D.O. (’93).
Attendees heard from world-renowned endocrinologist and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., distinguished professor of molecular biology at the Heritage College and principal investigator at the Edison Biotechnology Institute. Kopchick was awarded the honor of delivering this year’s annual J.O. Watson, D.O., Memorial Lecture. He chose for his topic, “Growth Hormone, Mini-Mice, Football, Dirty Shorts, and a New Drug,” an account of the scientific discovery that became the basis for the acromegaly drug Somavert.
Other highlights of the Symposium included a presentation by Robert Cain, D.O., (’88) Heritage College associate dean for graduate medical education, on the topic, “Single Accreditation: An Opportunity and Challenge for Osteopathic Medicine”; and a Leadership Academy session by ohio women in medicine, in which Paige S. Gutheil Henderson, D.O., (’02) spoke on “Finding Your Balance.” The ohio women in medicine group was launched at last year’s OOS, to involve, inform and promote female Heritage College alumnae, friends and students in a more deliberate way. Chaired by Gutheil Henderson, it was the first spinoff of the Ohio University ohio women initiative.
An in-depth, three-hour session at the event explored multiple issues relating to the rampant problem of opioid abuse, including such topics as marijuana as a pain treatment; identifying and caring for drug-dependent patients; and Ohio state guidelines for prescribing drugs for acute pain. This session also featured Ohio State Rep. Robert Sprague giving a legislator’s view of the state’s opioid epidemic, and a panel discussion featuring Heritage College faculty and an official of the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Once again this year, the “Match and Mentor” event, with a theme of “Pass the Torch,” allowed medical students to interact in a casual setting with experienced physicians. This event was presented by the OOA and the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends, and was modeled on a speed-dating approach, in which students switched to start a discussion with a new group of physicians every 10 minutes. About 50 students took part, including current Heritage College students and those considering medical school. The event was emceed by Sam Nobilucci and Andre Bown, 2015 Student Government Association presidents for the Dublin and Athens campuses, respectively.
During an awards ceremony, 35 physicians and residents were honored for their commitment to the osteopathic medical profession, including 27 awards from the OOA, five awards given to alumni by the Society of Alumni and Friends, and five from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. For a complete listing of those recognized, click here.
For a list of poster competition winners recognized at the event, click here.
Next year’s Ohio Osteopathic Symposium will take place April 19-23, 2017, and will again be at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center.