There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to the development of our regional extension campus in central Ohio, we have the many medical education, research and community service initiatives that we will launch as part of our historic $105 million Osteopathic Heritage Foundations gift. We also have expanding partnerships and collaborations on the horizon, as well as many other changes that make this an extremely exciting and important time in the history of this college.
The transformational changes we're working on today build on a decade of dramatic transition and expansion for our college. Twice as many applicants now apply to OU-HCOM, and students' GPAs and test scores have risen dramatically. Our entering class has grown by 40 percent while the number of partners in our consortium of teaching hospitals and clinical faculty has more than doubled. That consortium, called the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), is widely recognized as one of the premier clinical training systems in the nation. Meanwhile, our faculty members have gained national recognition for their research efforts, and their discoveries have saved countless lives.
Over the past decade, the face of our college has changed, as well. We opened the Life Sciences Research Facility and built the remarkable Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic & Research Center, state-of-the-art microanatomy and (two) anatomy labs, a new and expanded osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, and the beautiful Heritage Clinical Training and Assessment Center & Community Clinic.
The achievements of our trainees and graduates provide some of the most telling proof of our success. Our sought-after students arrive at clinical sites confident with patient interactions because of their many hours of clinical experience as well as the intensive osteopathic training we provide. Our alumni are respected leaders in their professions. In addition to their practices spanning the entire spectrum of medical specialties and in practices around the country, our alumni have created new surgery techniques, developed clinical research programs, founded companies, and been granted dozens of patents. Our programs are stronger because many of our alumni find time to give back to the college by mentoring students at our clinical training sties, sharing expertise here at the Athens campus, and giving financially. This makes me very proud!
It is with the momentum of this past decade of growth and development that we embark on our most ambitious endeavors yet. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations gift?the largest in the history of public higher education in Ohio?has set us on a course of excellence, growth and service to Ohio, one that will propel us to the forefront of primary care medical education and medical research.
I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and partners old and new as we bring our college to heights we cannot yet imagine.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in providing a patient-centered, clinically integrated medical education continuum, from pre-medical education to undergraduate medical education, and on through residency training, with an emphasis on primary care. Our focused research and community health programs speak to our commitment to improving health and well-being in our communities and quality of life for our patients.
The state's only osteopathic medical school, our college was founded in 1975 and is located at Ohio University's Athens, Ohio campus.
Though based in southeast Ohio, OU-HCOM's education programs reach statewide through our collaboration with 26 teaching hospitals throughout Ohio. This hospital consortium, called the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), is recognized as one of the largest, most advanced and best-supported osteopathic medical education consortiums in the country.
Close to 500 undergraduate medical students train with us each year, the first and second years at our Ohio University campus in Athens, and the two clinical training years spent at one of 12 CORE hospitals. Our first- and second-year curricula integrate anatomical studies and biomedical sciences in a clinically relevant way, with great emphasis on early clinical contact. Unlike at many other medical schools, our students begin practicing patient interviews, physical examinations, diagnosis and counseling in both clinical and laboratory settings almost immediately after starting their careers with us.
To address different learning styles, our college offers two distinct curricular experiences, both of which underscore our patient care focus through case studies and collaborative small-group learning.
The Clinical Presentation Continuum, into which all admitted students are initially placed, offers more structured, faculty-directed learning environment.
The Patient-Centered Continuum is limited to 24 students per class and lets students set their own learning objectives based on case studies designed by faculty.
In addition to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, we offer six dual degree programs. A medical degree combined with studies in biomedical research (Ph.D.), public health policy (M.P.H., M.H.A.), or business (M.B.A.), for example, can prepare students for specialized careers in research, epidemiology and hospital administration, among many others.
During third- and fourth-year rotations, students work in rural, suburban and urban settings to explore more than 30 medical specialties including primary care, surgery, neurology, neonatal care, orthopedics, and anesthesiology and cardiology, to name just a few. OU-HCOM assistant deans and administrators at each site are dedicated to meeting trainees' on-site needs.
Many of our graduates also take advantage of the full continuum of medical education we offer by choosing graduate medical education programs in the CORE, which became the nation's first accredited Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) in 1997. CORE graduate medical education opportunities include:
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