A partnership between OhioHealth and Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will offer students at the Dublin campus local opportunities.

A partnership between OhioHealth and Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will offer students at the Dublin campus local opportunities.

At Dublin Methodist Hospital, the partnership announced last week continues a 35-year relationship between the two entities and aims to keep doctors in the state upon graduation.

"Together with OhioHealth, we intend to transform the medical school experience to meet the growing, changing health care needs here in Central Ohio and throughout the state and help address our shortage in primary care physicians," Dr. Jack Brose, executive dean of health affairs at Ohio University and dean of the medical college, said in a news release from OhioHealth.

The new agreement for the campus which is expected to open at 7001 and 7003 Post Road in 2014 with 50 students will expand rotations for Dublin and Athens students, increase opportunities for residency and fellowship training in OhioHealth facilities and engage more OhioHealth doctors in the education process.

The agreement also plans to encourage research programs in primary care and biomedical sciences and hopes to encourage students to choose primary care as a specialty and stay in Ohio.

"All this is an effort to have medical students train directly in communities where they can learn how to best make a difference as a physician, treating patients with specific needs in these communities," Brose said.

Per the agreement, OhioHealth will aid with the college's growth by providing clinical rotations to Dublin-based students.

"We'll be working with even more OhioHealth physicians to teach our students," Brose said.

"This will enhance the quality of the experience in Athens, as well.

"We may have a specialist giving a lecture in Dublin, for instance, and video broadcast the lecture live to our class in Athens," Brose said.