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TOP D.O. urges medical college grads to embrace change, tradition

(ATHENS, Ohio—May 10, 2014) One of the nation’s leading figures in osteopathic medicine emphasized the exciting changes now transforming the profession, but also the need for continuity, when he spoke Saturday to the 2014 graduating class of Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Calling it “a wicked great day to be a D.O. in Ohio,” Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., told the 112 new osteopathic physicians taking their degrees that while they should embrace the developments underway in osteopathic medicine, they should continue to cherish the patient-centered, hands-on approach that makes D.O.s unique.

“This is our osteopathic culture, and I hope that you take it with you wherever you go,” he said.

Juhasz, president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, is the 2014 president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association.

Juhasz noted that the AOA and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, through an agreement with the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, are moving to implement a single system for accreditation – meaning D.O. and M.D. residency programs will face the same accreditation standards, and all medical school graduates will have access to the same residencies and fellowship training programs.

He urged the graduates to pursue osteopathic training opportunities, whenever possible, and if they find themselves in residency programs that aren’t “osteopathically focused,” to “seek out osteopathic mentors and continue to be engaged in our profession.”

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., noted that the 2014 graduating class pushes the Heritage College’s total number of graduates, since it was established in 1975, above the 3,000 mark.

“It is you, the class of 2014, who will lead the transformation of patient care,” he predicted.

Touching on the Heritage College’s mission to help address the shortage of primary care physicians in the state, Johnson mentioned that of the Class of 2014, around 58 percent will be going into a primary care residency of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or a traditional internship, and 65 percent will remain in Ohio. This year’s graduating class also included 10 physicians entering residencies in the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.


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. CARE LEADS HERE

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