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NIH partnership provides free livestream of TEDMED conference to Heritage College faculty and staff

(ATHENS, Ohio — Sept. 5, 2014) A prestigious national conference that aims to spark fresh thinking about health care is heading to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine via electronic hookup later this month.

The TEDMED conference, a spinoff of the innovative TED conference, brings together a diverse collection of voices from a wide range of fields – researchers, physicians, writers, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and more – for free-ranging discussions of how medicine and medical education need to change to meet future challenges.

Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., (’97), associate dean for academic affairs at the Heritage College, said the conference provides a valuable opportunity for faculty and staff to hear new perspectives at a time when the college, like health care and medical education in general, faces major transformations. At the Heritage College, that change includes an ongoing initiative to revise the undergraduate medical education curriculum, she noted.

“I think what’s most valuable about TEDMED in the context of the curricular revision is that it forces people to think, and to think differently, and see things with a new eye, and that will be food for thought and discussion,” Wadsworth said.

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., suggested the conference fits in well with the college’s evolving mission. “Leading the transformation of primary care and primary care medical education is one of our college’s defining goals,” Johnson said. “To do that, we’re going to need imagination and new ideas – including some we haven’t even thought of yet. TEDMED is a great opportunity to listen in on those kinds of new ideas, coming from some real game-changers both inside and outside the medical profession.”

The theme of the 2014 conference, which will take place Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, is “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.” Thanks to a partnership with the National Institutes of Health, this year’s event will also be made available free, via high-definition simulcast, to selected academic, health and medical organizations around the country – including the Heritage College campuses in Athens and Dublin. Normally, the simulcast would cost $25,000 or more.

On the Athens campus, all simulcasts will be screened in Irvine 128F, except for the last two sessions on Friday, Sept. 12, which will be in Grosvenor West 111. On the Dublin campus, all screenings will be in the MEB 1 Learning Lab Room 417. Streaming video from the conference will also be accessible via individual computers; more information on how to do that will be available closer to the conference date.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 10

9 - 10:40 a.m. – “Turning It Upside Down” (Originating from Washington, D.C.)

1 - 3 p.m. – “We Just Don’t Know”

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. – “Flat Out Amazing”

7:45 - 9:30 p.m. – “Turning It Upside Down” (Originating from San Francisco)

Thursday, Sept. 11

8:30 - 10:10 a.m. – “Stealing Smart” (Originating from Washington, D.C.)

12:45 - 2:45 p.m. – “Don’t You Dare Talk About This”

4:30 - 6:20 p.m. – “Play is Not a Waste of Time”

7:45 - 9:30 p.m. – “Stealing Smart” (Originating from San Francisco)

Friday, Sept. 12

8 - 9:40 a.m. – “Human Nature Inside and Out”
(Originating from Washington, D.C.)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – “Weird and Wonderful”

2:30 - 4:20 p.m. – “I Was Just Thinking Too Small” (GW 111 in Athens)

6 - 7:30 p.m. – “Human Nature Inside and Out” (GW 111 in Athens)
(Originating from San Francisco)

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