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OU-HCOM physician receives national service award
Family practice physician and diabetes researcher honored by ACOFP

(ATHENS, Ohio – March 22, 2012)
Jay Shubrook, D.O. (’96),
associate professor of family medicine and director of clinical research at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).

The award, presented to an osteopathic professional or non-professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to the ACOFP, was presented at their 49th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday, March 17.

Shubrook, who was named ACOFP Young Physician of the Year in 2009, received the honor for his contributions as editor of the ACOFP journal Osteopathic Family Physician and for his work with diabetes.

He took on the role of editor-in-chief of the Osteopathic Family Physician, the official publication of the ACOFP, in March 2009. During his first few months as editor, he oversaw the nine-year-old newsletter’s transformation into a scholarly medical journal, one of the first to focus exclusively on osteopathic family practice research.

In addition to his teaching and research, Shubrook sees patients at the Diabetes Center at University Medical Associates in Athens and is the director of the OU-HCOM Diabetes Fellowship Program, one of only two such programs in the country that trains primary care physicians to become diabetes experts.

He currently is developing a method of treating patients newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes as part of a clinical trial called INSPIRE. In a previous case series, Shubrook administered 12 weeks of intensive insulin therapy to newly diagnosed diabetes patients. Since then, the patients have benefited from stable glucose levels for up to 45 months – with no medication. Normally, Shubrook said, Type 2 diabetes patients start with one medication to control glucose levels and then increase their medications over time to keep glucose in control.

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a national leader in graduating primary care physicians, which includes family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics. More than half of OU-HCOM’s practicing graduates serve as primary care physicians, and 60 percent choose to stay in Ohio to practice. That makes the college number one in Ohio and near the top ten nationally in medical schools that graduate physicians who practice primary care, particularly in under-served rural areas.nationally in medical schools that graduate physicians who practice primary care, particularly in under-served rural areas.                             

 
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