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Welcome to a new academic year!

Dear students and colleagues, 

Welcome to a new academic year at the Heritage College!  

For many of you, summer has been full steam ahead. Our Community Health Programs’ mobile clinics have been on the road since last spring, offering COVID-19 vaccinations to communities across southeast and central Ohio. Many of our research labs, including the labs of our four R01 holders, have been extremely active in recent months. We also officially opened Heritage Hall, our new medical education facility on the Athens campus, which is revolutionizing the way students learn across all three Heritage College campuses.  

2021-22 comes with its own set of milestones. Of note, we are entering into the fourth year of our Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum (PHWC), which means students across the entire spectrum of medical school will now share experiences based in the PHWC philosophy. As first- and second-year students hone their patient care through integrated learning labs and simulations, our third- and fourth-year students will engage in longitudinal studies with discipline directors as they apply their knowledge in the clinical setting. Next spring, our first class of PHWC-trained graduates will head out into the world, and we cannot wait to see what their futures will hold.  

2021 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s transformative $105 million award, which was bestowed upon the Heritage College under the leadership of Rick Vincent, OHF’s president and chief executive emeritus. On Sept. 5, Ohio University will confer an Honorary Degree upon Mr. Vincent in honor of his steadfast advocacy for medical education. Click here to learn more about the important advances that have been empowered by the OHF’s generosity over the past decade.  

Please accept my gratitude for the incredible work that has brought us to this week’s opening in the face of continued challenges. I hope you share my pride as well as my hope as we embark upon this new chapter together. Best wishes for a great start to the new academic year!  


Ken Johnson, D.O.