Ohio — April 2, 2015) When the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine’s class of 2015 graduates May 9, they will hear
a commencement address from the director of the national
organization that represents more than 110,000 osteopathic
physicians and medical students.
Commencement speaker Adrienne
White-Faines has been executive director and CEO of the American
Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2013. In this role, she is in
charge of accomplishing the organization’s strategic agenda, which
includes supporting AOA’s physician and student members, promoting
public health and advancing scientific research.
The AOA has historically been the accrediting agency for
osteopathic medical schools, hospitals and health care facilities,
though it has recently become a part of the Accreditation Council
for Graduate Medical Education as part of a move toward adoption of
a single graduate medical education accreditation system for M.D.
and D.O. institutions by 2020.
“At this time of historic change for osteopathic medicine and the
whole health care profession, I can’t think of a more exciting and
relevant figure to speak to our 2015 graduating class than Adrienne
White-Faines,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson,
D.O. “As the top executive of our national organization, she’s
ideally placed to give these new D.O.s an informed preview of the
new and changing environment in which they’ll be practicing
Before taking over leadership of AOA, White-Faines spent a decade
as vice president of health initiatives and advocacy at the American
Cancer Society’s Illinois Division, where she was responsible for
programs focused on cancer research, education, advocacy and patient
Before that, she was chief operating officer at Renwal Emergency
Medical Services, a Chicago-based health care management consulting
firm, and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she
oversaw a $600 million redevelopment project.
Commencement will take place Saturday, May 9 in Ohio University’s
Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium in Athens, with the ceremony
beginning at 10 a.m. Graduates and mentors should arrive at 8:45
a.m. A reception at Baker University Center will take place
afterwards at noon.
On Friday, the day before commencement, there will be a financial
aid presentation in Irvine Auditorium from 11 a.m. - noon. An awards
ceremony is then scheduled for 12:30 - 3 p.m. in Baker Ballroom. At
3:30 – 5 p.m., all graduates are required to attend a commencement
rehearsal at Memorial Auditorium. The rehearsal is optional for
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 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS