Scholarships will Benefit Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Students

by Sync User | May 09, 2013

Thanks to provisions in the newly passed Indiana state budget, students in the new Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) may receive up to a total of $1 million in primary care scholarships from the State of Indiana. The scholarship program allows students to receive up to $10,000 per student each year. Scholarship recipients must be Indiana residents and agree to serve one year in a primary care practice in a medically underserved area in Indiana for every year they receive the scholarship. These scholarships will be administered by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

The Primary Care Scholarship Program, created through the visionary leadership of Indiana Senator Luke Kenley, State Representative Tim Brown, and Governor Mike Pence, addresses a critical primary care shortage in Indiana. According to Annals of Medicine, America will need an estimated 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025, due in large part to population growth, population aging, and recent health insurance expansion. According to a 2012 report by the Center for Workforce Studies Association of American Medical Colleges, Indiana is lacking 5,000 physicians, out of which 1,000 need to be primary care physicians, to care appropriately for the population. The number will grow by 2020 to 2,000 additional primary care physicians. Furthermore, a mere 19 percent of urban counties and only 2 percent of rural counties in Indiana are at the target for population-to-physician ratios when considering the number of primary care physicians.

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which opens its doors this August, is Indiana’s second medical school, and the first in more than 100 years. The new medical school will admit 162 future doctors of osteopathic medicine each year for a four-year program of study.

“We are grateful for the commitment Senator Kenley, Representative Brown, and Governor Pence have to addressing Indiana’s shortage of primary care physicians. The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in addition to the current efforts of Indiana University’s School of Medicine, will address this critical need by increasing Indiana’s total number of graduating physicians by 50 percent,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener.

 “We are pleased that state leaders have recognized the role of our new medical school in addressing the health care needs in Indiana. The initiative will directly support osteopathic medical students who will devote their practice to primary care in the neediest areas of our state,” said Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Paul Evans, DO. “Osteopathic medicine historically has produced almost twice the number of primary care graduates as our MD colleagues. Of these, about twice as many DO physicians practice in rural and underserved communities. Nationally, this means that the chance of an entering medical student becoming a rural or underserved area physician is about four times as likely in a DO school.”

Marian University is committed to improving the quality of health care and becoming a powerful force in the Indianapolis health and life sciences sectors. A visible indicator of this commitment has taken shape during the past two years at the corner of 30th Street and Cold Spring Road.

The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences will house the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the university’s respected School of Nursing. The Evans Center is a LEED Gold building housing the most current diagnostic and research equipment available, which will enable Marian University’s student doctors and nurses to acquire real-world experience from day one of their
academic experience.

Accreditation Information

On July 1, 2012, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine obtained “Provisional Accreditation,” which permits MU-COM to admit students and offer instruction beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. Provisional status remains in effect until 2017 when the first class graduates and full accreditation is made possible.

In February 2012, the Institutional Action Council of Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools approved expansion of Marian University’s accreditation to include the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Doctor of osteopathic medicine degree is the proper name granted by an osteopathic medical school in the United States and is represented by the acronym DO. In its 75-year history, the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree is the first doctoral-level degree offered by Marian University.

About Osteopathic Medicine

There are two kinds of physicians qualified to be licensed for unlimited practice of medicine in all 50 states: those holding the M.D. degree and those who have earned the DO—doctor of osteopathic medicine—degree. Osteopathic physicians perform surgery, deliver babies, and prescribe medicine in hospitals and clinics across the nation. Whether they’re family doctors or specialists, DOs use all the tools of modern medicine and more.

DOs help their patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but prevent it. They give special attention to how the body’s nerves, muscles, bones, and organs work together to influence health. Through osteopathic manipulative treatment, they can use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and encourage the body’s natural ability to heal itself. These ‟extra touches” distinguish the DO’s whole-person philosophy of medicine. It’s a century-old tradition of caring for people, not just treating symptoms.

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