(DUBLIN, Ohio — Sept. 11, 2015) - The dean of the central Ohio
campus of Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
has been recognized by a province in China, for his work there in
helping to improve the training of primary care physicians.
William J. Burke, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P., dean of the Heritage College,
Dublin, has been invited to China to receive the Tianfu Friendship
Award, conferred by the government of China’s Sichuan Province. The
award is presented annually to persons from other countries who have
made outstanding contributions to Sichuan’s economic and social
development. The Sichuan Province, the country’s fourth largest
province, is located in southwest China and has a population of over
81 million people. The award will be presented on Thursday, Sept.
Burke’s contribution has been through his service as team leader
of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance (IPCEA), an
organization founded under the auspices of the American College of
Osteopathic Family Physicians Education and Research Foundation. The
IPCEA is leading the effort by members of the osteopathic medical
profession to help train more Chinese physicians in primary care.
Seeking to enhance access, improve care quality and lower its cost,
the Chinese government has mandated that all the country’s provinces
move toward a primary care-centered model of health care delivery.
The Heritage College, whose Dublin campus Burke leads, promotes
recruitment and education of high-quality primary care physicians as
a core element of its mission. Burke has made more than a dozen
trips to China since 2007, based on his roles with IPCEA and
initially with the American Osteopathic Foundation’s China Primary
Care Program Team.
In 2013, IPCEA signed a memorandum of understanding with the
Sichuan Provincial Health Department and the Primary Care Training
Center of Sichuan, to extend its training program. Burke has led a
team of osteopathic physicians, who have helped teach Chinese
medical educators how to better train and evaluate medical residents
for primary care.
Sichuan officials have praised Burke and his team for providing
intensive hands-on training, including instruction on how to
effectively communicate with patients, demonstrate empathy and
gather medical histories. They note that Burke and his team have
visited 15 hospitals and 20 community health centers in the province
to share their teaching expertise.
Burke has also organized a program in which every two years, a
20-member delegation from Sichuan spends three weeks training in the
In 2013, Burke was named dean of the Heritage College’s Dublin
campus, which opened in July 2014. A 1988 graduate of the Heritage
College, Burke had been serving as vice president for medical
education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. OhioHealth is
the college’s pre-eminent education partner for its central Ohio
Burke has received numerous awards over the course of his career,
including the Heritage College’s Distinguished Service Award in
2006; Ohio University’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009; the
American Osteopathic Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in
2008; the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic
Physicians’ Family Physician of the Year Award in 2010; and the Ohio
Osteopathic Association’s Trustees’ Award at the Ohio Osteopathic
Symposium in 2013.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are
prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state
and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni
practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio.
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