Since OHF’s approval of Vision 2020, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Heritage College) has made exceptional progress in achieving its goals and objectives. Highlights include opening two new extension campuses in Dublin and Cleveland, creating new partnerships, expanding research and educational opportunities and strengthening community health outreach and care access.
On a regional level, November 2015 marked a transformational milestone with creation of the Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (CACCOM) – a historic collaboration among three medical colleges to address health needs in central Appalachia. CACCOM members include the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in eastern Tennessee and the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. CACCOM will engage in joint research to assess the region’s health care workforce and develop medical education programs to train the next generation of osteopathic physicians to address central Appalachia’s health care needs.
The head of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) welcomed the Consortium. “This new group will help the osteopathic medical community explore the many possibilities for innovation focused on primary care research and medical education,” said President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH. “The Consortium also has the potential to foster a strong culture of collaboration, empowering colleges of osteopathic medicine to more effectively synergize resources, share research-based innovations and ultimately improve patient outcomes in the areas of primary care.”