Office of the Executive Dean
The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
An exciting time for the Heritage College
There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to the development of our regional extension campus in central Ohio, we have the many medical education, research and community service initiatives that we will launch as part of
our historic $105 million Osteopathic Heritage Foundations gift. We also have expanding partnerships and collaborations on the horizon, as well as many other changes that make this an extremely exciting and important time in the history of this college.
The transformational changes we’re working on today build on a decade of dramatic transition and expansion for our college. Twice as many applicants now apply to the Heritage College, and students’ GPAs and test scores have risen dramatically. Our entering class has grown by 40 percent while the number of partners in our consortium of teaching hospitals and clinical faculty has more than doubled. That consortium, called the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), is widely recognized as one of the premier clinical training systems in the nation. Meanwhile, our faculty members have gained national recognition for their research efforts, and their discoveries have saved countless lives.
Over the past decade, the face of our college has changed, as well. We opened the Life Sciences Research Facility and built the remarkable Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic & Research Center, state-of-the-art microanatomy and (two) anatomy labs, a new and expanded osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, and the beautiful Heritage Clinical Training and Assessment Center & Community Clinic.
The achievements of our trainees and graduates provide some of the most telling proof of our success. Our sought-after students arrive at clinical sites confident with patient interactions because of their many hours of clinical experience as well as the intensive osteopathic training we provide. Our alumni are respected leaders in their professions. In addition to their practices spanning the entire spectrum of medical specialties and in practices around the country, our alumni have created new surgery techniques, developed clinical research programs, founded companies, and been granted dozens of patents. Our programs are stronger because many of our alumni find time to give back to the college by mentoring students at our clinical training sites, sharing expertise here at the Athens campus, and giving financially. This makes me very proud!
It is with the momentum of this past decade of growth and development that we embark on our most ambitious endeavors yet. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations gift―the largest in the history of public higher education in Ohio―has set us on a course of excellence, growth and service to Ohio, one that will propel us to the forefront of primary care medical education and medical research.
I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and partners old and new as we bring our college to heights we cannot yet imagine.
Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., FAAO
Executive Dean, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine &
Chief Medical Affairs Officer, Ohio University
Care Leads Here
Since our beginning nearly 40 years ago, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been guided by its founding idea: To train excellent osteopathic physicians who serve Ohio’s communities of greatest need, especially in primary care fields.
The Phillips Medal of Public Service
The Phillips Medal of Public Service is named for the late J. Wallace Phillips and Jody Galbreath Phillips, longtime friends of Ohio University to recognize the men and women involved in health care, education and public service.