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OU-HCOM approved to move forward on its northeast Ohio campus in partnership with Cleveland Clinic

(ATHENS, Ohio – May 16, 2013) Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) announced today that it has received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, for its northeast Ohio extension campus located on the South Pointe Hospital campus in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic and for a class size increase. The inaugural class of 32 medical students will begin classes in July 2015.

“This campus is an essential part of our mission to improve the healthcare of the citizens of Ohio,” said Roderick J. McDavis, president of Ohio University. “As the need for primary care practitioners in Ohio continues to grow, this campus allows us to accept a larger share of the responsibility for educating physicians committed to remaining in Ohio.”

Within the next decade, experts predict a national shortage of more than 45,000 primary care physicians, with people living in rural or inner-city medically underserved areas being hit the hardest.
In March, U.S. News & World Report ranked OU-HCOM 11th in the country in producing primary care physicians based on a peer assessment survey. The same survey ranked the college 17th for graduates who practice family medicine.

Sixty percent of graduates specialize in primary care and sixty percent of graduates remain in Ohio to practice. 45% practice in communities with populations of fewer than 50,000 and 25% practice in federally defined Medically Underserved Areas. This is expected to increase with the new campus in the Cleveland area as well as the college’s other new campus opening in central Ohio in 2014.

“Our partnership with the Cleveland Clinic allows for a greater engagement and connection to the physicians and health systems in northeast Ohio. We are looking forward to an increased ability for them to share their knowledge and experience with students across all three of our campuses,” said Kenneth Johnson, D.O., executive dean of OU-HCOM. “We are proud to partner with one of the nation’s leading hospital systems based right here in Ohio. This unique, collaborative model for education and training will produce high quality physicians and greatly improve access to health care in our region and our state.”

“Having a training partner focused on primary care reflects a national trend toward greater integration among healthcare organizations,” said David Bronson, M.D., president, Cleveland Clinic Community Hospitals “Together, we have found an innovative way to collaboratively work to improve medical education and patient care that will be beneficial to those throughout Northeast Ohio.”

OU-HCOM and the Cleveland Clinic have been longtime partners in osteopathic medical education. Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, then called Brentwood Hospital, was one of the original hospitals where OU-HCOM students received clinical training when the college convened classes in 1976. The site will include 60,000 square feet of academic and administrative spaces housed within Building A on South Pointe Hospital’s campus in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Medical student rotations will take place there as well as in hospitals throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system as well as at other local health care systems.

The students will spend all four years of medical school in northeastern Ohio. Currently, OU-HCOM has 420 graduates in seven northeastern Ohio counties, including Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and the six surrounding counties.

 
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