Heritage College to graduate 38th class of physicians & surgeons

Media advisory
May 2, 2017

WHAT:   38th Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement 

WHERE: Ohio University Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium 

WHEN:   Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 a.m. 

The first woman to serve as president of the premier national organization for osteopathic physicians will deliver the commencement address when Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine confers D.O. degrees on its graduating class of 2017.

Karen J. Nichols, D.O., dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, became the first woman president of the American Osteopathic Association in 2010. She has also served as the first woman president for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Nichols is one of the first four D.O.s to serve on the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which is guiding the transition to a single graduate medical accreditation system for D.O.s and M.D.s. An internal medicine physician, Dr. Nichols earned her D.O. degree in 1981 from what is now Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been dean at Midwestern University/Chicago COM since 2002.

The Heritage College will broadcast the Commencement ceremony live at https://www.ohio.edu/mediaserver/live.cfm?videoid=1152c49d82da. More details on the event are available at https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/about/news-and-events/grad.cfm#Agenda.

NOTE: The Heritage College Office of External Relations will electronically distribute a print-ready story and photos from the ceremony late Saturday. Please contact Jim Phillips at phillij2@ohio.edu or 740.593.2202 if you have questions.

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. F or more information, please visit our website at   www.ohio.edu/medicine .   CARE LEADS HERE.