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Major Milestones

According to an April 12, 2010, article in The Wall Street Journal, the nation faces a shortage of 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years. In Indiana, 57 of the 92 counties have medically underserved areas and the state is currently served by only one medical school which graduates approximately 300 doctors a year.

To address Indiana’s need for more doctors, Marian University is building the state’s second medical school which will provide 150 new doctors each year, many of whom will become primary care physicians. On January 15, 2010, Marian University announced plans to begin a college of osteopathic medicine; the first in Indiana and the first Catholic osteopathic medical school in the United States. Medical students will begin taking classes in the fall of 2013.

Fall 2013


August 12, 2013

MU-COM welcomed our first class of 162 students on Monday, August 12, a few days after an official grand opening ceremony. It marks the start of the first new class of medical students in Indiana in 110 years.

August 11, 2013

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted it's first White Coat Ceremony Sunday, August 11 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. It is the traditional way of marking the beginning of a student's career as a health care professional. Read more....

Summer 2013

On July 3, the administration, faculty, and staff members relocated into the new Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.

Two additional scientists signed contracts to begin work on September 1: Kristen Metzler-Wilson, Ph.D. in neuro-pharmacology and Thad Wilson, Ph.D. in physiology. In the area of professional development and education coordination Sherry Jimenez, Ed.D. began work on July 15 as the assistant dean for educational development and Wendy Senour started on July 1 as the coordinator of examinations to assist Dr. Jimenez as well as the Ph.D. and clinical faculty.

Spring 2013

MU-COM Vice President and Dean Paul Evans, DO continues to hire faculty members in preparation for opening classes on August 12, 2013. David Raskin, Ph.D. began his duties on March 1 in microbiology/immunology and Blaine Maley, Ph.D. joined the anatomy faculty on June 1. Jason Eberl, Ph.D. became the inaugural Semler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics, starting work on July 1, along with Melita Schuster, DO, a full-time clinician in the area of family medicine. Also, Dr. Evans announced the hiring of Richard Schuster, DO as the chair of primary care medicine, effective May 2013.

February 25, 2013

Construction of the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences continues on schedule.

February 2013

Three physicians arrived on campus to join the full-time faculty of the College of Osteopathic Medicine: Ben Huang, DO, director of the introduction to clinical medicine course; and two clinicians in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - Richard G. Schuster, DO and Daniel Williams, DO.

January 2013

Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences Bryan Larsen, Ph.D. brought on board three scientists as full-time faculty members who immediately began contributing their expertise to complete the first-year curriculum: Sage Arbor, Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Sciences; Tafline Arbor, Ph.D. in Anatomy; and Sam Pope, Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology.

November 21, 2012

The College of Osteopathic Medicine announced the hiring of five new faculty members: Allison K. Chatterjee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy; David P. Gardner, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry; Richard E. Klabunde, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology; Mike LaFontaine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry; and David K. Strom, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology.

November 15, 2012

Marian University announced that it has received a $5 million grant from the Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

October 23, 2012

Patrick Woodman, DO was named the chair of specialty care for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

October 5, 2012

The Fast Tracks program was announced. This is an opportunity for Marian University pre-medical students to get early acceptance into MU-COM.

May 8, 2012

Margaret Mary Community Hospital (MMCH) of Batesville, Indiana, becomes the latest healthcare organization to partner with Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine by pledging $150,000 to sponsor a simulation lab and a seminar room.

May 2, 2012

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) received pre-accreditation with permission to recruit immediately and provisional accreditation status effective July 1, 2012. MU-COM also has been accepted as a full member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

March 13, 2012

Michael L. Kuchera, DO joins Marian University College of Ostopathic Medicine as chair of the department of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

March 1, 2012

At their February 2012, meeting the Institutional Action Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) approved expansion of Marian University's accreditation to include the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree (DO).

February 24, 2012

Roche Diagnostics Corporation of Indianapolis has invested $75,000 to sponsor one of the simulation laboratories located in the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.

October 20, 2011

The virtual tour of the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences is release; the video features commentary from Vince Caponi of St.Vincent Health, Bryan Mills of Community Health, and representatives from Marian University: President Elsener, Dr. Paul Evans, and Dr. Anita Siccardi.

September 30, 2011

Union Hospital donates $100,000 for the café in the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.

August 24, 2011

The groundbreaking and naming ceremony for the new building is held; Michael A. Evans is identified as the $48 million donor. The building will be called the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.

May 4, 2011

Marian University receives pre-accreditation status for the college of osteopathic medicine from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association.

April 18, 2011

Eli Lilly and Company Foundation donates $1 million toward construction of the Center for Health Sciences and the Healing Arts.

April 18, 2011

Dr. Bryan Larsen named associate dean for biomedical sciences of Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

April 10, 2011

Representatives from Suburban Health Organization give a $300,000 gift for the college of osteopathic medicine.

March 28, 2011

A local chapter of Kiwanis International, Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis, featured Dr. Paul Evans in its monthly member newsletter. Dr. Evans spoke at the monthly chapter meeting in March of 2011.

March 18, 2011

The Indiana Health Industry Forum publishes an article about the college of osteopathic medicine featuring an interview with founding dean Dr. Paul Evans in its official magazine, BioFutures.

January 20, 2011

Charles E. Henley, DO is selected as the associate dean for clinical affairs. He began his new position on January 20, 2011.

January 4, 2011

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce publishes an article about the college of osteopathic medicine entitled "Tackling the Shortage" in the January/February 2011 issue of BizVoice.

December 3, 2010

Over 75 people attended the ground blessing ceremony for the Center for Health Sciences and the Healing Arts. Sr. Barbara Piller, OSF, congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, led the blessing. Bill Eckman, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Marian University, President Daniel J. Elsener, Dr. Paul Evans, vice president and dean of the college of osteopathic medcine, and Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the School of Nursing, also spoke at ceremony.

November 17, 2010

The Indiana Hospital Association publishes a Q&A with Dr. Paul Evans in the November/December issue of the association's newsletter, Harmony.

November 12, 2010

Medical device manufacturer Hill-Rom makes a $1 million gift and a pledge to provide equipment for the new Center for Health Sciences and the Healing Arts building.

November 11-12, 2010

Evaluators from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) visit campus for a preaccreditation site visit.

October 14, 2010

Renderings for the Marian University Center for Health Sciences and the Healing Arts are approved; the new building will house the college of osteopathic medicine and the university's School of Nursing so doctors and nurses can train together. Visit the Center for Health Sciences and the Healing Arts page for more information.

September 14, 2010

The economic impact study, "The Economic Contributions of Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine" is published. The benefit to central Indiana will exceed $100 million, according to The Indianapolis Star.

August 25, 2010

Paul Evans, DO, is selected as vice president and founding dean of the college of osteopathic medicine. He began his new position on September 1, 2010.

August 19, 2010

The feasibility study for the college of osteopathic medicine is submitted to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

August 9, 2010

Representatives from the university’s Board of Trustees and members of MUCOM development committees visited the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.

July 2010

The document "What Is a DO?" is published electronically by the university and sent via e-mail.

July 14, 2010

President Elsener finished a series of presentations around the state with DOs that took him to Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Merrillville, Michigan City, South Bend, and Terre Haute.

June 30, 2010

Community Health Network and St.Vincent Health each give $5 million toward the college of osteopathic medicine.

June 16, 2010

The site of the college of osteopathic medicine is announced to the public. The new building will be located at 30th Street and Cold Spring road on the university's campus.

March 23, 2010

Representatives from the university’s Board of

Trustees and members of MUCOM development committees visited Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee.

March 8, 2010

The position opening for the dean of the university’s college of osteopathic medicine is posted to the web site.

February 1, 2010

Steve Noone '64, CAE joined Marian University as project coordinator for the MUCOM project. Noone is a Marian University alumnus, a former executive director of the American Academy of Osteopathy, and a former executive director of the Indiana Osteopathic Association.

January 15, 2010

Marian University and the Indiana Osteopathic Association announced that the university will develop the first college of osteopathic medicine (COM) in Indiana. The university also announces receipt of a historic, $30 million pledge to help fund the new medical school.

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