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Director of national osteopathic group to address Heritage College graduates

Adrienne White-Faines(ATHENS, 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 medicine.”

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 services.

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 mentors.

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 HERE.


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