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Heritage College co-sponsors Ohio’s premier continuing medical education event for osteopathic physicians

(ATHENS, Ohio – May 7, 2015) The annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium drew its largest turnout ever as more than 800 people gathered in Columbus April 22-26 to network, learn about developing areas in medicine, and launch an initiative to empower female physicians.

A collaboration of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), the event featured a keynote address by Alison Levine, an adventurer and author who described how climbing the world’s highest peaks taught her lessons on leadership.

The event also offered an array of continuing medical education sessions on topics ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease to the Affordable Care Act. More than 200 physicians attended a session focused on state guidelines encouraging doctors to use extreme caution in prescribing high levels of painkillers for long-term care – an issue that made headlines in 2013 when the guidelines were issued.

The symposium served as a launching pad for a female physicians’ initiative called ohiowomen in medicine, which aims to involve, inform and promote female Heritage College graduates, friends and students in a more focused and intentional way. The group, chaired by Heritage College alumna Paige Gutheil Henderson, D.O. (’02), is the first offshoot of Ohio University’s ohiowomen initiative.

More than 50 women gathered at the symposium’s ohiowomen in medicine session to celebrate, connect, share stories, identify role models and discuss their vision for the group’s future. Several men also participated in the session, including Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College.

“It is truly inspiring to watch such an empowering initiative like this take root,” Johnson said. “Ohiowomen in medicine will help build connections that enable our alumnae to move into any role in osteopathic medicine they choose.”

Another session that offered opportunities for networking was the Match and Mentor Celebration. The reception, moderated by Simon Fraser, OMS-IV, gave students and residents the opportunity to engage with seasoned practitioners in a relaxed environment. To provide students from the Athens campus with the opportunity to attend and network, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations provided a charter bus. Over all, nearly 100 students from around the state attended the symposium.

At an awards ceremony during the symposium, the Heritage College and OOA honored 30 physicians and residents for their commitment to the osteopathic profession. For a list of the awards and recipients, go to:

Overall attendance at the symposium, which took place at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, was 810. For complete details on the event, including poster competition winners and an event program, go to

Next year’s Ohio Osteopathic Symposium will take place April 20-24, 2016.

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