(ATHENS, Ohio — July 7, 2015) Following their first day of
orientation activities in Athens, the 240 members of the Class of
2019 were welcomed into the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine family Monday night by engaged alumni and the
gift of a stethoscope that they’ll use during their four years of
medical school and beyond.
Hosted by the Heritage College’s
Society of Alumni and Friends, the Student Welcome Dinner in the
Baker Center Ballroom ushered in the college’s largest class ever –
including the inaugural 51-member cohort from the Heritage College,
Also attending were 35 practicing D.O.s, one at each table of
students, who helped reinforce the message of the evening for the
future physicians: network and get involved.
“We in the osteopathic profession are connected across the
country, and you, too, will learn to make these critical connections
throughout your career,” said Gregory Hill, D.O. (’86), an
orthopedic surgeon in Cuyahoga Falls and president of the college’s
Society of Alumni and Friends.
Echoing that sentiment was second-year medical student Sam
Nobilucci, president of the Student Government Association at the
Heritage College, Dublin.
“You can’t go wrong by getting involved,” Nobilucci said. “We
have an amazing osteopathic family. We all need to support each
other.” Other speakers urged the incoming students to engage in
activities such as D.O. Day on the Hill, where they can interact
with legislators in D.C., and the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, where
students can network with practicing D.O.s.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a stethoscope
to each student, a gift made possible by the generosity of more than
250 individual donors, as well as the Heritage College Society of
Alumni and Friends, the Jason Madachy Foundation and Advocates for
the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Since 2012, 710 stethoscopes have
been gifted to incoming Heritage College students.
Timothy Law, D.O., M.B.A. (’94), an assistant professor of family
medicine at the college and president-elect of the college’s Society
of Alumni and Friends, gave students pointers on using their new
stethoscopes. Many took selfies to post on the Class of 2019
Earlier in the day, students from Heritage College campuses in
Athens, Dublin and Cleveland were welcomed to Baker Center by
cheering college staffers, including Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson,
D.O.; Dublin Dean William Burke, D.O. (’88), and Cleveland Dean
Isaac Kirstein, D.O. After two days of shared orientation in Athens,
the Dublin and Cleveland contingents were to continue the process on
their home campuses starting Wednesday. The Class of 2019 will be
back together again in Athens July 25 for the Heritage College’s
40th Annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony.