On December 8, 2015, the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) announced plans to establish its second teaching location at the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University (A-State).

A Unique Partnership

In partnership with A-State, NYIT’s innovative approach to expanding its osteopathic medical education (OME) program to Arkansas aims to address the state’s health care needs, among other goals.

"This distinctive planting of an established medical school of a not-for-profit university on the campus of a public state university and the added collaboration with the Arkansas health care community is a winning formula,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, PhD“It enables us to open a medical school and enhance the health care community to serve the people of Arkansas faster and at far less cost than previously imagined.”

NYITCOM at Arkansas State University will open in August 2016 with an inaugural class of 115 students. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) approved the launch of NYITCOM at A-State at a December meeting prior to NYIT’s announcement.

One Program, Two Locations

“Since A-State approached us, we’ve developed a new model of medical education for Arkansas,” said Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, distinguished medical expert, public policy leader, and NYITCOM at A-State site dean. “Together with A-State, the community, and our health care partners, we’ll educate physicians in Arkansas for Arkansas.”

While national studies suggest that Arkansas ranks poorly in population health status and in the number of active physicians per capita, there is currently only one medical school that exists in Arkansas—NYITCOM at A-State will help improve population health and care statewide.

“We’ve distinguished ourselves in producing primary care physicians who stay and practice in the areas they train,” said NYITCOM Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, noting that more than half of the college’s graduates annually enter the primary care areas of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Looking Forward

Leaders from both institutions, led by Dr. Ross-Lee and A-State Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jason Penry, have worked with regional institutions to establish hundreds of clerkship positions for third- and fourth-year students, and 66 residency slots for graduates. Renovations at A-State’s Wilson Hall to accommodate the medical program will continue through the spring. Hiring is ongoing with an expected 80 faculty, staff, and administrative positions to be filled within two years.

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January 2016
Vol. 10, No. 1