FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2013
Contact: Baldwin Wallace University Relations
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Knopp, associate director, communications
BW Forges Early Assurance Medical School Admission
Partnership with OU
Agreement Linked to New Pre-Med Program Targeting Primary Care
BEREA, OH—Baldwin Wallace University and Ohio University and its
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have entered into an early
medical school acceptance agreement aimed at developing a pipeline
of pre-med students committed to primary care. A distinctive
ingredient in the partnership is BW’s new
Advancement Program, an exclusive pre-med track linked with BW’s
Public Health major and focused on fostering aspiring primary care
physicians to address a nationwide shortage.
Under the agreement, up to five students per year in the BW Primary
Care Advancement Program may apply for conditional early assurance
admission to the Heritage College, which is opening a campus in
affiliation with Cleveland Clinic located on the campus of Cleveland
Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights in 2015.
Representatives of the Heritage College and BW, led by Ohio
University Vice Provost for Health Affairs Jack Brose, D.O.,
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., BW President
Robert C. Helmer and BW Provost Stephen Stahl, celebrated the
partnership at a signing ceremony on BW’s Berea campus today.
“Since its founding, the Heritage College has provided excellent
medical training to Ohio residents, who often go on to practice in
the state,” Dr. Brose said. “This partnership with Baldwin Wallace
demonstrates how higher education institutions can work together to
better serve the needs of Ohio residents while providing a wonderful
opportunity for some of northeast Ohio’s finest aspiring
Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in
primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio, making the
school uniquely positioned to help address projected shortages in
primary care physicians in the state and the nation over the next
decade. This shortage can already be seen in northeast Ohio, an area
with 176 federally designated primary care Health Professional
“We’re excited to partner with Baldwin Wallace to transform the
landscape of primary care medicine in the state,” Dr. Johnson said.
“Some of northeast Ohio’s best and brightest students will be able
to pursue their medical education in a place they call home, with
the greater likelihood that many of them will stay to practice
there. Residents of rural and inner city medically underserved areas
feel the greatest effects of primary care physician shortages, so
partnerships like this are important in addressing the region’s most
pressing healthcare needs.”
“We are delighted to forge this alliance with the Heritage College,
pleased to offer an exciting new pathway to a superior medical
education for Baldwin Wallace graduates, and committed to developing
programs that help solve our region’s problems,” President Helmer
said. “The BW-Heritage College Early Assurance option and BW Primary
Care Advancement pre-med program, added to our undergraduate
Public Health major,
second bachelor’s degree program, and
Physician Assistant graduate degree, will prepare BW students to
meet growing needs in the primary healthcare field.”
BW’s Primary Healthcare Advancement Program will blend coursework
from the University’s Public Health major and the interdivisional
Comprehensive Healthcare Science Curriculum, with a goal of guiding
students toward successful primary care medical training.
Students selected for the program may apply for provisional
acceptance into the Heritage College early assurance program
following their sophomore year. To remain in the program, students
must meet certain criteria, such as maintaining a minimum GPA.
Successful completion of BW’s program also prepares students to
compete for admission into other primary medical programs.
Baldwin Wallace University, founded
in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without
regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university
of 4,500 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts
tradition in more than 60 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles
from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural,
educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.
The Heritage College is a
national leader in training primary care physicians.
The college is number one in Ohio and 11th nationally in medical
schools that graduate physicians who practice in underserved rural
areas. The state’s only osteopathic medical school, the college is
also opening a new site in Dublin, Ohio, in 2014.