Campbell considers osteopathic medical school
    August 5 2010 by Campbell University

    Campbell University has authorized a feasibility study to consider establishing a college of osteopathic medicine, beginning with a charter class in August 2013.  

    Trustees approved funding Aug. 4 for the study, which includes employment of a dean, consultants and architectural planning.  A decision is expected no later than May 2011. 

    Bob Barker, chairman of the Campbell board of trustees, said the trustees are “unanimous in their support of the feasibility study and very positive about the possibility of an osteopathic medical school at Campbell.” 

    Campbell University President Jerry M. Wallace, Robin King-Thiele, Robert Thiele, Darren J. Sommer, and Trustee Chairman Bob Barker. The Thieles and Sommer are doctors of osteopathic medicine.


    Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states of the United States with all the privileges and responsibilities of medical doctors.  More than eight hundred osteopathic physicians currently practice medicine in North Carolina.

    Trustees approved the feasibility study for several reasons, including the growing shortage of primary care physicians in North Carolina, population growth, an increase in the aging population, and national health-care reform. 

    According to the 2009 North Carolina Institute of Medicine Study, North Carolina has approximately 7,660 primary care physicians or 8.8 per 10,000 population, which is below the national average of 9.4 per 10,000 population; medical school graduates choosing primary care dropped 50 percent between 1997 and 2005; North Carolina is projected to experience a 12 percent decline in per capita physician supply by 2020; the growth and aging of North Carolina’s population  is expected to increase demand  (measured by annual visits to physicians) by 34 percent between 2004 and 2020; and persons 65 and older will increase by 33.7 percent by July 2020.

    Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 by establishing its School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy school founded in the United States in more than 35 years.  In addition to offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 
    8/5/2010 6:58:00 AM by Campbell University | with 0 comments




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