May 24, 2007
By Kevin Sanders
This year's graduating class of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine will receive degrees in a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, June 2, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
The class - the college's 28th - comprises 43 men and 59 women, including 16 minority students and 13 residents of southeastern Ohio.
Alison Clarey, D.O., past president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association and president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, is the ceremony's keynote speaker. When certified in general surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in 1982, Clarey was the only female osteopathic physician to earn certification that year among more than 30,000 osteopathic physicians. She served as chief of staff for Dayton's Grandview and Southview hospitals in 1991 and 1992 and currently is the program director of general surgery at Grandview, where she has introduced new surgical techniques.
In 1991, she was honored as YWCA Woman of the Year. From 1989 to 1998, she was actively involved in the Society Taking Active Responsibility for International Self Help organization, through which she donated her surgical skills in Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Guatemala and promoted medical partnerships in Romania, Yugoslavia and South Africa. At home in Dayton, she has served as chairwoman of the United Way Agency and has provided health care for the city's indigent.
President Roderick J. McDavis will preside at the commencement, and university Trustee Norman E. Dewire will convene the ceremony. Also speaking will be Christina M. Peters, representing the Class of 2007; Robert Juhasz, D.O., board of trustees, American Osteopathic Association; Victor Angel, D.O., president, Ohio Osteopathic Association; and Jeffrey A. Stanley, D.O., president of the OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends and a 1982 alumnus.
"Graduation is always exciting for me," said OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, D.O., "because there is nothing more dramatic to see students approach the stage as laymen and leave it as physicians and surgeons. I'm excited for them and their families. As the father of an OU-COM graduate, I know exactly the tremendous pride they feel, and I feel that pride right along with them.
"When the students of the Class of 2007 were admitted, they had the best academic credentials of any class we had ever recruited. I'm happy to say that they have exceeded my expectations for their classroom and clinical performance."
Each year, more than 100 osteopathic physicians graduate from OU-COM, Ohio's only college of osteopathic medicine. Fifty-four percent of alumni practice in primary care fields, and more than 60 percent of graduates remain in Ohio, where they are more likely to practice in rural and other physician-short areas.
Ohio University's general commencement proceedings will take place Friday, June 8, for the conferral of graduate degrees and Saturday, June 9, for undergraduates. Both ceremonies will take place in the Convocation Center.