Longtime family physician and educator welcomes opportunity to further develop next generation of doctors  

COLUMBUS, Ohio - OhioHealth Doctors Hospital has appointed family practice physician Geraldine N. Urse, DO, director of medical education, effective January 30. Dr. Urse had been serving as interim executive director since July of 2013.

In her role as director, Dr. Urse is responsible for coordinating the hospital's osteopathic graduate training programs, including residencies, fellowships and continuing medical education. She also will help coordinate the hospital's undergraduate medical education programs.

"This is a great opportunity for me to influence the delivery of healthcare for generations to come," Dr. Urse said. "I have been involved in medical education for most of my career and I'm excited to continue that commitment in an expanded capacity, training our osteopathic physicians not only to be skilled and knowledgeable, but to practice with honesty, integrity and respect for others."

Her goals are to further relationships with other medical education departments within the OhioHealth system and - with support from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation - expand the residency program at Doctors to meet the training needs of students graduating from the new Dublin campus.

Dr. Urse is a 1993 graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in family practice at Doctors Hospital in 1996. She is the winner of numerous awards, both as a practitioner and educator.

Her teaching experience includes her current positions as director of the residency program in family practice at Doctors and professor of family practice at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She recently earned a Masters in Education for Health Professionals from Michigan State University.

"I spent all but three years of my professional career at Doctors," Dr. Urse said, "so it's home to me. I've watched it become a major teaching hospital and am proud to have been a part of that."

The opening in 2010 of the Heritage Center for Osteopathic Medical Education and the Peter E. Johnson, DO, Simulation Center provided state-of-the-art learning modalities, including patient simulators. "It took osteopathic medical education at Doctors to a new level and our mission is to make it even better," Dr. Urse said.