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May 29, 2009

OU-COM graduated 30th class of physicians

104 medical students to earn osteopathic medical degree at June 6 ceremony

WHAT: 30th Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement

WHERE: Ohio University Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 10 a.m.

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS: New this year: Graduates will be hooded by their selected mentors, physicians who provided guidance and expertise to help the students advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their professional networks. Previously, the dean has hooded graduates. Of the 104 graduates, 73 will receive their ceremonial hoods from their mentors, 23 of whom are OU-COM alumni.

“Allowing the mentors to hood the graduates signifies the important role these physicians played in the students’ professional education,” said OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, D.O.

This year also marks the first Commencement keynote speaker chosen by members of the graduating class. Jay H. Shubrook, Jr., D.O. (’96), an assistant professor of family medicine at OU-COM will deliver the Commencement address. Shubrook was named “Young Family Physician of the Year” in March by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is a noted diabetes researcher and has a private practice in family medicine with University Medical Associates of Athens. 

Distinguished guests and other speakers include:

  • Robert Juhasz, D.O., representing the American Osteopathic Association
  • Barbara Bennett, D.O. (’84), president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association
  • Jeffrey Stanley, D.O. (’82), president of the OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends

The 104 new graduates of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 6 will join the ranks of more than OU-COM 2,450 alumni. More than 64 percent of OU-COM’s graduates practice in Ohio, with some 44 percent working in rural and underserved communities of fewer than 50,000 residents. In addition to providing health care, these alumni physicians also conduct research, scholarship and community service.

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Karoline Lane, Director of Communication, 740.593.2261,

with all inquiries.

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