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Heritage College Convocation 2018
Sep 17, 2018


What: 2018 Convocation & White Coat Ceremony

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Ohio University Convocation Center

95 Richland Ave., Athens

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome its incoming medical students during the 43 rd annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. More than 260 members of the class of 2022 enrolled across three campuses will hear a keynote address from Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical officer and senior vice president of OhioHealth, the largest health care system in central Ohio.

Dr. Vanderhoff will also receive the college’s Phillips Medal of Public Service. He has led the way in improving quality and patient safety throughout OhioHealth, and has played a key role in developing and expanding the health care system’s relationship with the Heritage College. OhioHealth serves as preeminent education partner for the Heritage College, Dublin, which opened in 2014.

Convocation 2018 will be an historic occasion, as the class of 2022 will be the first to be trained under the college’s new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum. The new curriculum delivers traditional medical school material in a way that incorporates the latest thinking on best education practice; mirrors the holistic, patient-centered approach that trademarks osteopathic medicine; instills in students the team-based outlook that’s reshaping health care; and values the healer’s wellness along with the patient’s.

Also noteworthy, the class of 2022 at the Heritage College, Cleveland, includes the first eight students in a new curricular demonstration project designed to prepare them for careers in family medicine through a continuous experience from medical school through residency and beyond. The Transformative Care Continuum, an accelerated, competency-based demonstration project that allows students to complete medical school and residency in six years rather than seven, has earned the college membership in the American Medical Association’s  Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

Of the students in the Heritage College class of 2022, 94 percent come from Ohio, 21 percent are from a minority group and 22 percent are first-generation college students.

The Heritage College will distribute a post-event news release, with photos available by request. For more information or to receive the news release, contact:

Jim Phillips

Heritage College Office of External Relations

740.593.2202 or