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OU-HCOM students volunteer more than 3,500 hours of health-related services to our community

(ATHENS, Ohio – May 6, 2013) During the past year, the first-and-second year medical students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) served 3,588 hours in support of community health services such as immunizations, breast and cervical exams, hospice care, diabetes care, eye exams, and health screenings and education in Athens and surrounding counties.

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), a council of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, announced recently that 26 students from OU-HCOM each exceeded the 50 hours of community service required to be recognized as part of COSGP's Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH) program.

The national program encourages and recognizes osteopathic medical students who work to improve the health of their local community through service. Given the hectic life of a medical student, the acknowledgement stated, it takes a special student that goes above and beyond their obligations to reach out and provide services that benefit their classmates, school and community. As stated on to their website, “In accordance with the osteopathic philosophy of "treating the whole patient," service goes beyond mere health promotion and can include a wide array of involvement that has a strong positive impact on people’s lives.”
“Our student’s commitment to community service through the TOUCH program is a profound recognition of how amazing our students are and their willingness to give back to the community,” said Nichole Wadsworth, D.O. (’97), associate dean for academic affairs and assistant professor of emergency medicine. “The student’s education is forever marked with these experiences and the lives they touch are greatly enhanced. OU-HCOM is very proud of our students and their engagement with the Athens area community.”

“The OU-HCOM students provide much needed support to the community,” said Kathy Trace, director of Area Health Education Center and Community Health Programs. “We hear and witness frequently the outstanding contributions the medical students provide to the community and surrounding areas. Their projects vary from working with youth, assisting with community clean ups, working at the homeless shelters, organizing a medicine run to assist with support of the Free Clinic, working at community screenings to providing healthy meals –only to mention a few – these students are an asset to OU-HCOM, Ohio University, the community and the region.”

The program is voluntary at OU-HCOM, and students who choose to participate are asked to give a minimum of four hours. They earn TOUCH service hours through the college’s collaboration with the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio, and Area Health Education Center.

Platinum Recipient (most hours)
Valerie White, OMS I

Gold Recipients (>100 hours)
Randi Amstadt, OMS II
Kaitlin Fries, OMS II
Alexandra Murray, OMS II

Silver Recipients (>50 hours)
Jeremy Baker, OMS II
Nathaniel Chase, OMS II
Ernestine Clements, OMS II
Kyle Damron, OMS I
Nathan Denlinger, OMS II
Kristen Duffy, OMS II
Evelyn Eakin, OMS II
Ashley Gerdeman, OMS II
Michael Halko, OMS II
Emily Herfel, OMS I
Andrew LePorte, OMS II
Bradley McFadden, OMS II
Matthew Mivsek, OMS II
Judithe Paulius, OMS II
Osman Perez, OMS II
Gordon Preston, OMS II
Jennifer Reink, OMS I
Matthew Robinson, OMS II
Amy Seese, OMS II
Amanda Timmel, OMS II
Andrew Vogel, OMS II
Adam Wiercinski, OMS II
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