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Ohio University medical school begins in-person training

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will begin in-person learning activities on all three campuses beginning July 7.

Rising third-year students, the class of 2022, will finish the osteopathic manipulative treatment and clinical skills bootcamp activities from the Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum: Return to Wellness semester that they missed when Ohio University moved to remote learning last spring. The medical students will also participate in parts of clinical education orientation, the preparation for third-year rotations, that require in-person instruction.

A second set of in-person learning activities starts August 3. Rising second-year students, the class of 2023, will finish OMT and clinical skills bootcamp activities from the Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum: Acute semester that they missed last spring.

The summer curriculum was approved through Ohio University’s exemption process for in-person training.

Only faculty and staff who are teaching and supporting these activities will be required to be on site with students. Heritage College faculty, staff and students who are not directly involved in these summer activities will continue to work and learn remotely.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff was the foremost concern of our working groups who developed our ‘safe return-to-campus’ plans,” said Kenneth Johnson, D.O., chief medical affairs officer for Ohio University and executive dean of the Heritage College.

“Care truly leads here, and never more so than now as we move forward with in-person training of physicians,” Johnson said. “An extraordinary amount of effort went into planning to ensure the best possible education experience for our students, delivered under the safest possible conditions for all involved. We thank our curricular leaders, faculty and other administrative staff who re-engineered the curriculum and worked through the space logistics, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures and other preparations necessary to make in-person instruction safe.”

As a core component of collective safety, all Heritage College faculty, staff and students are asked to attest to a compact clarifying individual commitment to public health. Based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health requirements and recommendations, the safety commitments include that, while on campus, every individual must always wear a mask, maintain social distance and frequently wash or sanitize hands. Additionally, individuals agree to processes for entering and exiting spaces and space use procedures that are now in place for each campus.