Progress of Planned Osteopathic Medical Schools

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Paul Evans, DO has been hired to serve as the founding Dean since September 2010. The plan is to get accredited by the  Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and admits the first class of 150 students in the Fall of 2013.

Marian University has raised twice more than its initial goal of $ 65 million-it has raised about $ 125 million over the past 16 months. Now, the university has ambition to raise up to $250 million for the next 6 years.

It has received two lead gifts for the college of osteopathic medicine: a $30 million gift from an anonymous donor and an $18 million gift from an anonymous donor. The following partners have committed financial or other resources toward the development of Marian University’s college of osteopathic medicine.

Hospitals: The following hospitals have given some financial commitments and also will serve as clinical training sites for future medical students.

  • Community Health Network $5 million gift
  • Hancock Regional Hospital $100,000 gift
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St.Vincent Health $5 million gift
  • Westview Hospital

Other Organizations

  • Hill-Rom, $1 million gift and equipment
  • Pike Medical Consultants
  • Schmidt Associaties, Inc.

The development of the new COM in Indiana has been welcomed by the community and the sister allopathic medical school, which has pledged cooperation. The community has been educated about the subtle difference between DO and MD by using the Football analogy as described:

What is the difference between a DO and an M.D.?

  • A simple sports analogy might help answer this question. Prior to 1969, there used to be two professional football leagues, the AFL and the NFL. Both leagues played football, but there were certain stylistic differences. AFL coaches emphasized a passing offense and also introduced innovations such as the 2-point conversion. The NFL emphasized a hard-hitting defense and favored running plays on offense.
  • The difference between M.D.s and DOs is just a difference in philosophy; both are correct but emphasize different approaches to medicine. DOs tend to go into primary care and assess a patient’s physical symptoms in context with their mental and spiritual (emotional) condition. M.D.s tend to specialize in a particular form of medicine and focus more specifically on individual symptoms in their diagnosis.

Further reading

Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine

John M. Kauffman Jr. D.O. has been named the founding Dean of Campbell University’s proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine since January 2011. Dr. Kauffman has rich experience in medical education, specifically developing new residency programs.

  • From 2001-2006, Dr. Kauffman worked for University Hospitals of Cleveland and established University based osteopathic residencies in Dermatology and Pediatrics.
  • In 2006, he joined the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and was promoted to Vice Dean for Postgraduate Affairs over the Virginia and South Carolina campuses in 2010.  During Dr. Kauffman’s tenure at VCOM, the number of residency positions grew from 40 to 280 positions in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dermatology and Neurosurgery.

The proposed medical school will seek accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of Osteopathic Accreditation with an anticipated opening date of August 2013.  Architectural and engineering planning is already underway for a proposed 85,000 square foot facility.    A final decision to proceed is expected no later than May 2011.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Craig J. Lenz, DO, FAODME was appointed to be the founding dean of the proposed medical school in August 2010. The college plans to enroll its first class of 150 students in the fall of 2013.

South East Alabama Medical Center plans to invest $40 million to build a new school in the underserved area in order to fill the state’s shortage of an estimated 400 primary care physicians.

According to the Dothan Chamber of Commerce early analysis determines:
–    Economic Impact of roughly $112 million through 2015
–    Approximate direct and indirect retail spending of $26 million with $1.3 million in county/city sales & lodging taxes
–    More than 200 construction jobs, 60 faculty positions to run the school and another 119 indirect jobs will be created.

Further Reading:

The proposed Homer G. Phillips College of Osteopathic Medicine in  St. Louis by Touro University System was opposed by Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS). Here is the letter of MAOPS listing the reasons against proliferation of new medical schools.

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