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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launches networking group for women

(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 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. CARE LEADS HERE.

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