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OU-HCOM to graduate 34th class of physicians & surgeons


WHAT:  34th Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Commencement


WHERE: Ohio University Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium


WHEN:  Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 a.m.


HIGHLIGHTS: Distinguished osteopathic physician, surgeon, educator and historic civil rights leader William G. Anderson, D.O., will deliver the keynote address at the 34th Commencement at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.


Anderson founded and was the first president of the Albany Movement, considered the first mass movement in the modern civil rights struggle with the goal of desegregation of an entire community.

Anderson earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in Iowa (now the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1956. He later became the first African-American to join the board of directors of the American Osteopathic Association where he served for 20 years, including a term as president. In 1986, Anderson received the OU-HCOM Phillips Medal of Public Service, the college’s highest honor.


More than 60 percent of this year’s graduates will enter a primary care residency of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or a traditional internship. More than 70 percent of the class will remain in Ohio to practice.


OU-HCOM will broadcast the Commencement ceremony live on the Internet at

Since its inception in 1975, OU-HCOM has specialized in the training of primary care physicians, which includes family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics. More than half of the medical school’s practicing graduates serve as primary care physicians. That makes OU-HCOM number one in Ohio, and, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranked 11th in the country in medical schools that graduate physicians who practice primary care, particularly in under-served rural areas.

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