to graduate 34th class of physicians & surgeons
34th Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
Ohio University Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 a.m.
Distinguished osteopathic physician, surgeon, educator and historic
civil rights leader William G. Anderson, D.O., will deliver the
keynote address at the 34th Commencement at the Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in the
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
Anderson founded and was the first president of the Albany Movement,
considered the first mass movement in the modern civil rights
struggle with the goal of desegregation of an entire community.
Anderson earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the
Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in Iowa (now the Des Moines
University College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1956. He later became
the first African-American to join the board of directors of the
American Osteopathic Association where he served for 20 years,
including a term as president. In 1986, Anderson received the
OU-HCOM Phillips Medal of Public Service, the college’s highest
than 60 percent of this year’s graduates will enter a primary care
residency of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or a
traditional internship. More than 70 percent of the class will
remain in Ohio to practice.
OU-HCOM will broadcast the Commencement ceremony live on the
Since its inception in 1975, OU-HCOM has specialized in the training
of primary care physicians, which includes family practice, general
internal medicine and pediatrics. More than half of the medical
school’s practicing graduates serve as primary care physicians. That
makes OU-HCOM number one in Ohio, and, according to U.S. News &
World Report, ranked 11th in the country in medical
schools that graduate physicians who practice primary care,
particularly in under-served rural areas.