OU-HCOM To Graduate Largest Class

By
Eleni Lazares
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Wed, May 30, 2012 7:42 am

This year's class of graduating doctors and surgeons from Ohio University will be the first to receive diplomas bearing the medical college's new name.

The 115 graduates from OU's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) will receive degrees Saturday.
 
It is the largest class to date for the medical school and marks the 33rd class to graduate.
 
Last June, the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the new name, which recognizes the historic, $105 million gift to the college by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.
 
The gift was given to address pressing issues in health care.
 
Sixty-three percent of the new physicians and surgeons graduating in early June will remain in Ohio for their residency programs, and 54 percent will enter residency in a primary care specialty.
 
The event will be the last commencement ceremony for Dr. Jack Brose as the dean of OU-HCOM.
 
Dr. Brose will step down from the position at the end of June to accept a new role with the provost's office. 
 
The medical college was established in 1975 and specializes in training primary care physicians, including family practice, general internal medicine and pediatric doctors. 
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