Heritage College to welcome class of 2021, honor former OHIO president

Media advisory
Jul 27, 2017

WHAT :      42nd Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Convocation and White Coat Ceremony

WHERE :     Ohio University Convocation Center

WHEN :      Saturday, August 5, 2017, 2 p.m.

HIGHTLIGHTS: The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome more than 250 medical students and honor Ohio University President Emeritus Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., as the recipient of the college’s Phillips Medal of Public Service.

During the 42nd Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, members of the class of 2021 from Heritage College campuses in Athens, Cleveland and Dublin will receive a short white coat as an emblem of professionalism, to be worn when they accompany physicians in clinical settings – a part of their education that begins early in medical school.

The college also will present the 2017 Phillips Medal to Dr. McDavis, who stepped down as university president in February. The medal recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in health care, education and/or public service.

During Dr. McDavis’ tenure, the college entered an unprecedented phase of continuing transformative growth, spurred in part by the record-setting $105 million Vision 2020 Award from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. This growth has included the opening of two new campuses in Dublin and Cleveland to train more physicians for Ohio.

The class of 2021 includes the first three participants in the Heritage College’s Early Assurance Program to matriculate as medical students. Through the EAP, launched in 2014, the college has partnered with Baldwin-Wallace University, John Carroll University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio University and Otterbein University to allow selected students to earn their baccalaureate degree from their undergraduate institution and their D.O. degree from the Heritage College in as little as seven years.

For those who cannot attend the event in person, the ceremony will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWJiXgXHIVc&feature=youtu.be.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.