(ATHENS, Ohio — May 11, 2015) The Ohio University Heritage College
of Osteopathic Medicine has launched ohiowomen in medicine, a
professional networking and mentoring group for Heritage College
alumni, friends, students and employees. The Heritage College is the
first to create an affiliate of Ohio University’s ohiowomen
initiative, a program designed to help connect women with the
university, students and each other.
“When Ohio University
launched ohiowomen, we knew the opportunity for us to launch
ohiowomen in medicine was now,” said Heritage College Director of
Alumni Affairs Laurie Lach. She and Paige Gutheil Henderson, D.O.
(‘02), an assistant professor of primary care medicine, formed the
group to support female graduates in their careers and encourage
women to become more involved with the college and the university.
“With ohiowomen in medicine in place, women can come together and
find a common bond – and seek ways to celebrate each other’s
insights and accomplishments,” said Lach.
More than 50 women attended ohiowomen in medicine’s inaugural
event, which was held April 23 during the Ohio Osteopathic
Symposium, a five-day continuing education program for osteopathic
physicians which is a collaboration of the Heritage College and the
Ohio Osteopathic Association. Graduates, students, and college
leaders, including Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H.
Johnson, D.O., were among those at the launch party.
“We want our female students and alumnae to dream big. They also
need to believe they can achieve those dreams. ohiowomen in medicine
is a valuable resource we hope our students and alumnae will use to
open doors, share experiences, find support, feel encouraged and
ultimately achieve professional and personal goals,” said Johnson.
“It’s about turning dreams into reality.”
“Female physicians have unique training experiences, professional
development needs and gifts to offer their profession,” said Gutheil
Henderson, who is chair of ohiowomen in medicine. “We get so much
value from supporting each other in our paths.”
ohiowomen in medicine is currently exploring fun activities to
raise funds for student scholarships. Plans are also underway to
establish an annual fellowship opportunity for a female medical
student that would be funded by the Heritage College Society of
Alumni and Friends. To learn more about ohiowomen in medicine or
scheduled activities, contact Paige Gutheil Henderson, D.O., at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Lach at
About the Heritage College
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.
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