New doctor Paul Eichenseer (right) and his mentor Daryl Sybert (left).

Photographer: John Sattler

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First class of medical students graduates with college's new name

Fifty-four percent choose to practice primary care, 63 percent to remain in Ohio

The 33rd Commencement of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) signaled a new era for the medical school.

The 115 graduates of the Class of 2012 are the first to receive diplomas with the college's new name, so designated last year after it received a historic $105 million gift from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. The Foundations gave the college the transformational gift to address some of the most pressing health care issues across the state and the nation – the impending shortage of primary care physicians and the diabetes epidemic. 

Click here to read more about the commencement ceremony, the graduates and OU-HCOM's landmark year on the OU-HCOM website.