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Medical Education Pipeline Programs

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Recruiting Tomorrow's Doctors

Most medical students begin their journey toward becoming a physician long before they apply to medical school. That’s why the Heritage College offers a wide range of premedical education opportunities that can start you down your own path. Whether you’re a high school student dreaming of becoming a doctor, or a college undergraduate wondering what medical school is like, we have a program for you.

Early Assurance Program

Outstanding Ohio high school seniors are invited to apply to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance Program. In as few as seven years, students can earn their undergraduate degree from Ohio University or another one of our EAP partner schools and their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Heritage College.

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Summer Scholars

Twenty-two applicants are selected each year to participate in this rigorous five-week program designed to give an intensive and realistic introduction to the first-year curriculum at the Heritage College. The program focuses on case-based problem solving and small-group/teamwork. Participants are also given special lectures, clinical experiences and study and time management skill sessions, in addition to workshops on cultural competency and research methods. At the end of the program, participants are evaluated by medical school faculty based on class participation, test performance, general attitude and an assessment of your potential for success in the medical curriculum.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This six-week program is designed to expose pre-medical students to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of biomedical and basic science research. In addition to gaining research experience, program participants will also earn six semester hours of Ohio University biological science credit, which may be transferred back to your home institution.

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(By invitation only)
The Post-Baccalaureate program seeks to enhance the preparation of students who have strong potential but have been unsuccessful at gaining direct admission into the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program focuses on serving Appalachian, legacy and underrepresented minority students. The program consists of one academic year, plus participation in the summer Pre-Matriculation program. To be considered for the program, students must have applied to the Heritage College, completed the interview process, been placed on the waitlist and invited by our admissions team to participate. Once accepted into the program, students are guaranteed admissions for the academic year following their Post-Baccalaureate program participation if they maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher and successfully fulfill all program requirements.

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Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program (Cleveland)

This is a comprehensive, three-year pipeline program targeting high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to foster their interest in pursuing careers in science and health. Students in the program visit the Heritage College's Cleveland campus each year starting in 10th grade to learn more about osteopathic medicine and other health care careers through participation in academic enrichment and hands-on learning activities.

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Medical Academy (Dublin)

Focused on reimagining educational approaches to careers in health care, Medical Academy is coordinated through the Heritage College's Dublin campus and fosters learning across the educational continuum. The program enables career exploration and professional growth and it provides opportunities for leadership through service learning.

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(By invitation only)

A four-week, intensive summer pre-enrollment program designed to assist admitted first-year incoming students in their preparation and successful transition to medical school at the Heritage College. The program targets students from Appalachian regions of Ohio, federally defined underrepresented minorities in medicine and Post-Baccalaureate program participants. The program offers courses in biochemistry, immunology, microanatomy and physiology; an introduction to osteopathic manipulative medicine; case-based learning classes; and workshops on active study methods, test-taking strategies and time management.

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