Heritage College to welcome Class of 2020 medical students

Jul 13, 2016

(ATHENS, Ohio) With all three of its campuses now operating in full swing, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will usher in its incoming class on Saturday, July 23.

New students enrolled at the Heritage College’s campuses in Athens, Cleveland and Dublin will be welcomed into the osteopathic medical profession during the 41st Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. Students will receive a short white coat during the ceremony as an emblem of professionalism, to be worn when they accompany physicians in clinical settings – a part of their education that begins in their first months of medical school.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Ohio University Convocation Center.

During Convocation, the college will present the 2016 Phillips Medal of Public Service, the highest honor the college bestows. The Phillips Medal recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in health care, education and/or public service.

The medal this year goes to Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H., who since 2006 has been president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. AACOM was founded in 1898 to support the nation's osteopathic medical schools and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. 

In his role as head of the organization, Dr. Shannon has served as the osteopathic medical schools’ spokesperson, both in the United States and abroad.  He has been an energetic policy advocate on issues including public health and preventive medicine, the health care workforce, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and rural health.

Dr. Shannon earned his D.O. degree in 1986 from the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and later served as the college’s dean and the university’s vice president for health services. While completing residencies in osteopathic family practice and preventive medicine, he earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1990. In 2011 he was the only D.O. appointed to the newly created Department of Veterans Affairs National Academic Affiliations Council.

Video of the ceremony will be live-streamed on the college’s website.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.