Message from the COA President

(September 2019)

Miriam Garcellano DOHello COA Members:

With summer coming to a close, we are gearing up for the fall schedule and have a few events set for next month.

On October 1, we’re hosting a Family Fun Night at LegoLand at Easton Town Center. It’ll be fun and games for the kids and free CME for you! Consider yourself warned though: the venue is very much geared toward children—including the tables and chairs! But for a one-hour education program we should be fine.

A dinner meeting with medical lecture is the following week on October 9. Amgen will sponsor the event. Ohio Osteopathic Association President Charlie Milligan, DO, will join us that evening to give an OOA update. In addition, we’ll recognize last year’s Advocate Award recipient, Deb Woods, who was unable to join us at the Annual Meeting in March to receive her award.

Preliminary plans call for a “Mentoring Dinner” with OU-HCOM students in November and a resolution writing workshop in winter.

Speaking of students, it was wonderful meeting the Class of 2023 last month at the Welcome Picnic, our sixth annual event! It was a great success with plenty of networking, delicious food, and perfect weather. What an impressive group of students, too. The future of the Central Ohio osteopathic community is bright.

Executive Council members met up again with students on campus at the Student Organization Fair held two weeks ago. While we’re not technically a student group, we do give Dublin campus students free, automatic membership once they matriculate. It was wonderful that so many first-years knew about COA. In fact, I was surprised and happy they remembered what I had said at the Picnic. I had made a joke about how the first year of med school is like drinking water from a fire hydrant. They are listening!

As always, thank you for your membership and continued support for the Columbus Osteopathic Association. I hope to see you soon.

Miriam L. Garcellano, DO

Join the COA Leadership Team

Make the most of your membership and become a member of the COA Executive Council. The Council oversees the organization and plans events and activities that support the growth and development of the members as well as the osteopathic medical profession.

The Executive Council consists of President, President-Elect, VP, Secretary-Treasurer, Immediate Past President, State Trustee (who represents the COA on the Ohio Osteopathic Association Board), and three Council Members who each serve a three-year term. There are currently vacancies for Council Member. The election is at the Annual Meeting in the spring.

It’s not a huge time commitment, as the Council meets about four times annually either in person or by Zoom videoconference.

To volunteer, send an email to

Teach OU-HCOM Medical Students, Earn CME

If you are interested in teaching first and second year medical students in a clinical setting in the Columbus area, this is your opportunity! Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM)-Dublin campus is looking for community physicians to help hone and develop the clinical skills of current medical students. First- or second-year medical students would be scheduled to your site and work with you throughout the morning or afternoon (typically four hours), learning how to interact with you and your patients and staff in order to deliver care. All physician preceptors have the opportunity to be identified as Heritage College faculty and receive AOA Category 1B CME credit for each hour of student engagement. Contact for details. 

Volunteer at Local Free Clinics

OU-HCOM students are actively involved in the Central Ohio community. You can join them and other area medical students and physicians at free clinics in Columbus. For example, the OSU Spanish Free Clinic is on Tuesday evenings and a free clinic at Columbus Public Health is every Monday evening. For more information about either, contact OU-HCOM Student Sean Conley at or 614- 377-5801.

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