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Two members of the Heritage College class of 2019 check out the new stethoscopes they received as gifts during a Student Welcome Dinner, hosted by the Society of Alumni and Friends in Baker Center Ballroom July 6.


Incoming medical students are welcomed with a gift to be held close to the heart

(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, Cleveland.

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 Facebook page.

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.

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