Osteopathic physicians realize that without an understanding and focus on the person as a whole, treatment cannot be successful. Yesterday, as I welcomed the Heritage College’s Class of 2018 at its 39th Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, I couldn’t help but wonder if this “whole-person” approach also explains the transformative power of our osteopathic program.
Through rigorous academic training, cutting-edge research and transformational service learning opportunities, the Heritage College’s holistic approach to medical education is transforming healthcare one student at a time – across two (and soon to be three) campuses in Ohio. The result is caring, compassionate physicians who are fully prepared to tackle the complex health issues of our time. For Ohio University’s newest aspiring osteopathic physicians, the journey began this weekend.
The Class of 2018 comprises 140 students who will study in Athens, as well as our first class of 50 students to study at our new Dublin campus. 91 percent are from Ohio; 25 percent are first-generation college students; and 22 percent are minorities. But all, in some way, shape or form, will improve the human condition.
In the words of Dean Burke: “You have chosen a great college, at a great university, at a great time in our history.” We look forward to your transformation and the transformation that your medical careers will surely inspire!