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Campbell considers osteopathic medical school
Campbell University
August 05, 2010
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Campbell considers osteopathic medical school

Campbell considers osteopathic medical school
Campbell University
August 05, 2010

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.