De Lacalle joins OU-HCOM to expand
University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has
appointed Sonsoles de Lacalle, M.D., Ph.D.,
as its director of the newly created Office of Advanced Studies.
Dr. De Lacalle will oversee the expansion of the college’s
dual-degree programs and help facilitate collaboration between
various Ohio University colleges and OU-HCOM in the degree
Funding for the new position comes in part from the Osteopathic
Heritage Foundation's historic April 2011 gift. The $105 million
supports college initiatives that enrich primary care medical
education, enhance research that addresses our most pervasive health
issues, and improve community health.
“Our country needs more highly educated and motivated
physician-leaders to address challenges in a variety of settings,
from developing public health policies and managing massive hospital
networks, to addressing global health concerns and shaping academic
medicine. Tomorrow's leaders are likely to need more than one
advanced degree to make a major impact in such an environment,” Dr.
de Lacalle said.
The new office was created to help medical students throughout their
degree seeking years, and in the future she will offer assistance to
students who want to design their own dual-degree programs.
interest degrees during their medical school years can be
advantageous, said Dr. de Lacalle. Students can save time and money
compared to earning the same two degrees consecutively, and because
they have set aside time for higher education already, the
additional time is less disruptive to their lives.
“Dr. de Lacalle is a scientist who loves education and education
training,” said Audrone
Biknevicius, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and chair of
the department of biomedical sciences. “Her background of
establishing education and mentorship programs sets her apart.”
Dr. de Lacalle earned her M.D./Ph.D at the University of Navarra in
Pamplona, Spain, and did her postdoctoral training at the University
of Chicago. Most recently Dr. de Lacalle was an associate professor
and founding chair of the department of biomedical sciences at
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles,
Calif., where she was responsible for implementation of a new
academic unit and three new programs of study.
As an associate professor of biomedical sciences, Dr. de Lacalle
will also continue her neuroscience research, focusing on the field
of aging and dementia and the effects of estrogen on brain cells.
Students interested in the dual degree programs can contact Dr. de
firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 593-2357.