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Heritage College Learning Services 

The Learning Services team offers individualized support to all students throughout their medical education. Our team consists of educators with expertise in teaching, curriculum and instruction, adult learning theory, higher education, educational theory, cognitive science, and student advising. As lifelong learners, we work diligently to remain informed about best practices in medical education.

Students are encouraged to schedule early and often. We are available to:

  • Assist students in developing effective strategies for time management and approaches to study
  • Discuss options for reading and note-taking for the pace and volume of medical school
  • Help students identify supplemental resources that support individual learning style
  • Help evaluate student-created study schedules
  • Provide specialized guidance and planning for students preparing for all levels of COMLEX 
  • Support students with planning for rotations and COMAT study
  • Offer support, encouragement, and logical planning through academic difficulties 
  • Connect students with appropriate support such as faculty, Academic Peer Support Leaders (APSL), Osteopathic Primary Care Associates (OPCA), Learning Communities, Student Accessibility Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Inclusion, MSAP, and additional service options    

These services, including tutoring, are provided at no additional cost.

 


Assistant Directors of Learning Services 

 

Pittman-Kathy
Shaw_Amy
Ronnette Johnson
Andrea Brunson

Kathy Pittman 
Ph.D.

Assistant Director
pittmak1@ohio.edu
740.593.0585
Athens

Amy Shaw
M.A.

Assistant Director
shawa1@ohio.edu
740.593.2163
Athens

Ronnette Johnson
M.A.

Assistant Director
johnsonr1@ohio.edu
216.295.7920
Cleveland

Andrea Brunson
M.A., NBC-HWC

Assistant Director
brunson@ohio.edu
614.793.5572
Dublin

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Academic Support 

 

ACADEMIC PEER SUPPORT LEADERS

Academic Peer Support Leaders are advanced osteopathic medical students, scoring an overall average of 80% or above in Wellness and Acute semesters, who provide mentoring and focused academic support to students. Academic Peer Support Leaders are available on each campus to support with study strategies, coursework, and concept clarification. For additional information and to book a meeting with an APSL, use the campus-specific links below. 

Schedule a meeting with an Athens APSL           Click here to meet the team

Schedule a meeting with a Cleveland APSL        Click here to meet the team

Schedule a meeting with a Dublin APSL              Click here to meet the team

 

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Learning Communities are offered on each campus to support first-year students with content understanding and review. Learning Communities meet every Thursday in the evening, depending upon individual campus schedules and student needs. Our APSLs run Learning Community sessions on their respective campuses, focusing on high-yield information contained in the objectives of the weekly session guides. 

Learning Communities are a safe place for students to ask questions, review content, and apply their knowledge thus far of session guide objectives and concepts. Students do not need to be fully prepared with the session guides to attend. Session Leaders create rich content that is designed to be engaging and enjoyable. Each campus follows the same format every Thursday for Learning Communities. Learning Communities are popular among students and are held on Microsoft Teams, enabling students to engage with resources and conversation in the chat with second-year students. We ask that students adhere to the guidelines for each session, are respectful of Session Leaders, and support one another in the learning process.

 

OSTEOPATHIC PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES

Osteopathic Primary Care Associates (OPCAs) are medical students who have completed rotations and have chosen to spend an additional year on their medical education through teaching, mentoring, and tutoring first and second-year medical students. OPCAs work closely with the Assistant Directors of Learning Services on each campus when helping second-year students prepare for board exams and when helping first-year students who may need further individual tutoring. For additional information, and to book an appointment with an OPCA on your campus, use the link below. 

Osteopathic Primary Care Associates


Board Preparation

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) states that doing well in the first two years of medical school and being familiar with the Master Blueprint are keys to success on board exams. COMLEX-USA  is the osteopathic exam series. Learning Specialists work with students on all levels of COMLEX preparation and additionally work with third and fourth-year students during rotations to prepare for COMATs.

Students are encouraged to schedule time with their campus Learning Specialist to discuss individualized strategies for incorporating board prep into their daily schedule, to review appropriate resources that work for their learning styles, and to walk through the COMLEX timeline during year two. Learning Specialists have attended NBOME trainings and continue to stay updated on all things board related. It is highly advised that students meet with the Residency Team first when deciding if taking USMLE (the allopathic exam) is needed. For more information on board resources, see the links below and schedule a meeting with your campus Learning Specialist. 

Exam Resources:

National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME)

COMLEX-USA

COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint

COMAT

USMLE

 

Exam Preparation Resources:

WelCOM

COMSAE

 


Additional Information and Resources

Ohio University Student Accessibility Services