Today, more than 20 percent of new U.S. medical students are attending osteopathic medical schools, a number that will continue to grow as new campuses are established and existing colleges increase their class sizes. Total enrollment at osteopathic medical colleges now tops 19,400.
This year, for example, one new branch campus and one new remote teaching site are adding to osteopathic medical education’s growth.
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine will hold an August orientation for its 2011 inaugural class of approximately 150 students at its new branch Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The new campus includes a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with plastinated specimens, two theatre classrooms, small group learning rooms and six clinical skills laboratories. A partnership between VCOM-CC and Wofford College, also in Spartanburg, will allow first- and second-year medical students to use Wofford’s campus facilities, such as the library, and participate in campus athletics and social activities. The inaugural class white coat ceremony will be held October 23.
Meanwhile, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific– Northwest (COMP - Northwest), located in Lebanon, Oregon, opened with a gala and white coat ceremony for 100 students on Saturday, July 30. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, gave the keynote address.
COMP – Northwest is part of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. The new Oregon facility is situated on 50 acres adjacent to Lebanon Community Hospital and includes a 54,000-square-foot building containing two large lecture halls, four 60-seat classroom spaces, student breakout and study rooms, an anatomy lab, an osteopathic manual medicine lab and significant research space.
AACOM welcomes the medical students at these schools, and those at all of the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine.