(ATHENS, Ohio—May 10, 2014) One of the nation’s leading figures in
osteopathic medicine emphasized the exciting changes now
transforming the profession, but also the need for continuity, when
he spoke Saturday to the 2014 graduating class of Ohio University’s
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Calling it “a wicked
great day to be a D.O. in Ohio,” Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., told the
112 new osteopathic physicians taking their degrees that while they
should embrace the developments underway in osteopathic medicine,
they should continue to cherish the patient-centered, hands-on
approach that makes D.O.s unique.
“This is our osteopathic culture, and I hope that you take it
with you wherever you go,” he said.
Juhasz, president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in
Warrensville Heights, Ohio, is the 2014 president-elect of the
American Osteopathic Association.
Juhasz noted that the AOA and American Association of Colleges of
Osteopathic Medicine, through an agreement with the Accreditation
Council on Graduate Medical Education, are moving to implement a
single system for accreditation – meaning D.O. and M.D. residency
programs will face the same accreditation standards, and all medical
school graduates will have access to the same residencies and
fellowship training programs.
He urged the graduates to pursue osteopathic training
opportunities, whenever possible, and if they find themselves in
residency programs that aren’t “osteopathically focused,” to “seek
out osteopathic mentors and continue to be engaged in our
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., noted
that the 2014 graduating class pushes the Heritage College’s total
number of graduates, since it was established in 1975, above the
“It is you, the class of 2014, who will lead the transformation
of patient care,” he predicted.
Touching on the Heritage College’s mission to help address the
shortage of primary care physicians in the state, Johnson mentioned
that of the Class of 2014, around 58 percent will be going into a
primary care residency of family medicine, internal medicine,
pediatrics or a traditional internship, and 65 percent will remain
in Ohio. This year’s graduating class also included 10 physicians
entering residencies in the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
The Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care
physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical
needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of
Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60
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