Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
at Ohio University
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Established 1975
Type Public
Dean Kenneth H. Johnson D.O.
Academic staff
Location Athens, Ohio, USA United States
Campus Rural
Website oucom.ohiou.edu
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The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is the medical school of Ohio University and the only osteopathic college in the U.S. state of Ohio. Its mission is to emphasize the practice of primary care and train physicians to serve Ohio, especially in the underserved Appalachian and urban areas of the state.

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a single program conferring the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), and several combined degree programs. Graduates are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 states and more than 50 countries.[1] The college is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and by the Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]


The college was established in 1975 to award the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, and its first class was made up of 21 graduates. The college has since expanded, and as of the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 528 students enrolled.[3]

In 1993, Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., was appointed to the position of dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; she was the first African-American woman to serve as the dean of a U.S. medical school.[4]

In 2011, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine gained renown for receiving $105 million from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the largest private gift ever given to Ohio University. Shortly after, the college began creating two new extension campuses, one in partnership with OhioHealth in Dublin, Ohio, and one in partnership with Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.[5]

In December 2012, the college received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, to begin recruiting students for its Central Ohio Extension Campus in Dublin, Ohio. The charter class of 50 medical students is expected begin classes in July 2014.[6]

Past Deans[edit]

  • Gerald Alden Faverman, Ph.D. — 1975–1977
  • Frank Wayne Myers, D.O. — 1977–1993
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. — 1993–2000
  • Daniel Jon Marazon, D.O. — 2001
  • John “Jack” Adolph Brose, D.O. — 2001–2012[7]


There are two curricular tracks available to medical students during their first and second year of medical school: the Clinical Presentation Continuum (CPC) and the Patient-Centered Continuum (PCC). Students enrolled in the more traditional CPC study a curriculum organized around important symptoms and take part in extensive lectures, problem sets and panel discussions. Students in PCC spend more time in clinical and community experiences learning patient interviewing skills, with an emphasis on student-defined learning objectives.[8]

During years three and four, students enter one of 29 available teaching hospitals within the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), a statewide medical education consortium founded by the college.

Several combined degree programs are available as well, including:[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DOs Around the World". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine". AACOM. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "OU-HCOM - Our College". Ohio University HCOM. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee". National Library of Medicine. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sunday May 1, 2011 5:25 AM (2011-05-01). "OU med school receives $105M | The Columbus Dispatch". Dispatch.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  6. ^ "OU-HCOM announces approval to move forward on its Central Ohio Extension Campus". 2012-12-07. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Deans and Dept. Chairs. Ohio Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine". Cordingleyneurology.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Curricula at OU-HCOM". Ohio University HCOM. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 

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