Academics 

Established by act of the Ohio General Assembly in 1975, the College of Osteopathic Medicine was created to help alleviate the state’s growing shortage of family physicians and to train doctors for chronically underserved areas. The educational program has been tailored to meet this legislative mandate.

During their pre-clinical education in years 1 and 2, most students are enrolled in the clinical presentation continuum curriculum, while about 20 percent of students take part in the patient-centered continuum curriculum. Both curricula are designed to reaffirm the college’s dedication to educating primary care physicians. Both feature early clinical exposure, clinical case studies, integration of basic sciences during clinical training, and a continuum of knowledge from year one of medical school through residency training. The differences in the two curricula are designed to better meet the different learning styles of individual students.

For their clinical education in years 3 and 4, Heritage College students relocate to one of the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) sites. The CORE, established by the college in 1995, is one of the nation’s largest, most advanced and best supported medical education consortia. The consortium—which consists of 26 hospitals provides third- and fourth-year students with a medical education structure that blends together biomedical sciences, clinical training, medical ethics/humanities, leading-edge technologies, and osteopathic principles and practice.

The education process stretches from predoctoral to graduate medical education to lifelong learning, with many Heritage College graduates vying for spots in internship and residency programs at the CORE hospitals.

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Last updated: 03/07/2014