Ohio Osteopathic Symposium serves up wide-ranging menu of topics

May 12, 2017

Images from OOS 2017

A record 452 osteopathic physicians were among the 844 attendees at the 2017 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, which took place in Columbus April 19-23.

The OOS, sponsored by the Heritage College and its Society of Alumni and Friends in collaboration with the Ohio Osteopathic Association, offers an opportunity for health care professionals and students to network, take advantage of continuing medical education and talk about emerging issues facing the osteopathic medical profession.

Graduates of 21 osteopathic medical colleges nationwide were on hand for this year’s symposium, including 230 alumni of the Heritage College. Sworn in during the Symposium as OOA’s new president was Sean Stiltner, D.O. (’04).

Keynote speaker Adrienne Boissy, M.D., M.A., spoke on “A Call to Healing.” Boissy is chief experience officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; she and her team have created a comprehensive program to strengthen physician and provider communication skills throughout the Cleveland Clinic system. 

Humor writer Joselin Linder joined forces with Andrea Amalfitano, D.O., Ph.D., Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University, to address the topic, “Genetics and Osteopathic Medicine – Partners for Hope.” Linder’s book, “The Family Gene,” tells how she and her sister have both chosen to not have children, so as not to pass on a lethal genetic mutation that appeared within their family. Linder is the daughter of the late William Linder, D.O., who practiced medicine at Doctors Hospital. 

This presentation was enhanced by the contributions of moderator John J. Kopchick, PhD., Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar and distinguished professor of molecular biology at the Heritage College. Dr. Kopchick’s area of expertise is genetics and he added insights on why it’s important to talk about the genetic factor in health care, emphasizing that primary care physicians should look to the role that genetics plays in illness.

This year’s annual J.O. Watson, D.O., Memorial Lecture was delivered by Brian Clark, Ph.D., Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Harold E. Clybourne, D.O., Endowed Research Chair; executive director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal & Neurological Institute; and professor of physiology. His presentation, “Age of Champions,” dealt with healthy aging strategies, a focus of his research.

A workshop on illegal drug use and related issues was led by William Morrone, D.O. As a medical examiner and addiction medicine specialist in Michigan, Morrone was once called on by CNN to explain the role opioids might have played in the 2016 death of pop superstar Prince.

Other symposium highlights included a historical perspective on the Heritage College offered by Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O.; a presentation by a team of physicians and attorneys on the value of medical-legal partnerships; and a view from the frontiers of diabetes research and care by Heritage College faculty members Amber Healy, D.O. (’09) and Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D.

A workshop sponsored by OHIO Women in Medicine, titled “Make Every Minute Count,” offered an osteopathic approach to maintaining personal wellness for health professionals. And once again this year, the “Match and Mentor” event, with its theme of “Pass the Torch,” let medical students interact in a casual setting with experienced physicians.

During an awards ceremony, physicians and residents were honored for their commitment to the osteopathic medical profession, including six awards from the OOA, six from the Society of Alumni and Friends, and four from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. For a complete listing of those recognized, click here .

For a list of poster competition winners recognized at the event, click  here .

To see a photo gallery from the 2017 OOS, click here .

Next year’s Ohio Osteopathic Symposium will take place April 25-29, 2018, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center.