scholarship honors advocacy of OU-HCOM dean
Intent to encourage Ohio students to pursue primary
Ohio – May 9, 2012)
During a gala reception attended by several hundred people at the
Ohio Osteopathic Symposium (OOS) in Columbus on Friday, April 20,
Jack Brose, D.O., the departing executive dean for health affairs at
Ohio University and dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), received several accolades and
commendations, including the announcement of a new scholarship for
medical students named in his honor.
intent of the John A. Brose, D.O. Primary Care Scholarship is to
encourage medical students from the central or southeastern regions
of Ohio to pursue careers in primary care medicine in the state,
said Richard Vincent, president and chief executive officer of the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.
In making the announcement, Vincent said the scholarship was named
in honor of Brose for his “unyielding focus and incredibly clear
vision” of his advocacy for primary care in Ohio.
“This has become the exhortation for Dr. Brose during his tenure as
dean,” Vincent said. “There is no one more deserving and who has
advanced a college in such a short period of time.”
$30,000 annual scholarship is part of more than $13 million earmaked
for scholarships in the $105 million gift from the Osteopathic
given to OU-HCOM last year. The gift funds initiatives to advance
the primary care mission of the college and to meet the continuing
health care needs in communities throughout Ohio. With the
challenges facing the current generation of medical students,
especially those who want to make a difference with a career in
primary care medicine, scholarships such as this will benefit
students from underserved areas in making their dreams of becoming
osteopathic physicians a reality.
“Dr. Brose has served the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine for 30 years – as a scholar, physician, teacher
and mentor, and advocate for primary care in Ohio and the leader of
the college as the dean who transformed the school by focusing on
excellence, growth and innovation,” said Jeffrey Stanley, D.O.
(’82), president of the OU-HCOM Society of Alumni and Friends, which
also contributed $50,000 to the scholarship endowment.
scholarship funds one medical student per year and is renewable each
year, The scholarship will be given to an Appalachian or underserved
student from central or southeastern Ohio who:
demonstrates financial need;
is an Ohio resident who attended high school in the state;
intends to practice primary care in the Ohio;
and maintains academic and professional excellence.
meant a great deal to me because I do have a particular interest in
primary care and a particular interest in helping disadvantage
students who go into medicine, and this is an opportunity to really
assist outstanding students who fall into those categories,” Brose
said. “I am very excited about it because it means even more because
it is being supported by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and
partially supported by our alumni association. It is a really
first scholarship will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.
during the reception, Brose was honored by the Ohio Osteopathic
Association with the Distinguished Service Award for his powerful
leadership of the college, which included the Osteopathic Heritage
Foundations’ gift, the college’s 40 percent enrollment increase,
redevelopment of the curriculum and construction of the $34.5
million Osteopathic Heritage Foundations & Charles R. and Marilyn Y.
Suckey Academic & Research Center. Jeffery Hunter, D.O.,
chief of staff for clinical and academic affairs at the Chillicothe
Veterans Medical Center in Chillicothe, presented
Brose with a commendation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
for his work in establishing the first psychiatric
osteopathic residency in Ohio at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs
Medical Center, and Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., chief medical officer,
recognized the dean for his longtime work with OhioHealth,.
also received a
Letter of Commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives,
sponsored and signed by House Speaker William Batcheldor, Rep. Terry
Johnson, D.O. (’91) and Rep. Debbie Phillips.
will retire from his position as dean of the college in July, but
will continue his faculty role at the medical school in addition to
assuming new responsibilities in the Ohio University as
Vice Provost for Health
Affairs and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President and
Provost for Ohio University.