Why a College of Osteopathic Medicine?
Building a new medical school for Indiana is an important project that will directly address the shortage of physicians in our state—an issue that has both economic and social ramifications. Marian University has made great progress this year on creating a college of osteopathic medicine. We broke ground for the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences on August 25, 2011—a construction project that will create 320 direct jobs and nearly $57 million worth of economic impact statewide, and that is before we even open the doors to students. By the time we graduate the first class of doctors, the total economic impact is expected to be more than $100 million. Read the January/February 2011 BizVoice article about the college of osteopathic medicine published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
The social impact of the medical school will be equally impressive. Indiana is already facing a shortage of doctors, and as the population ages, by 2020, our state will be short 5,000 physicians and need 2,000 more primary care physicians (by 2030 that number approaches 5,000). Only 19 percent of the needed doctors are available in urban areas, and a shocking two percent are available in rural areas. And, 57 of Indiana’s 92 counties are medically underserved. Putting osteopathic physicians who are interested in primary care into the pipeline is our answer to this pressing concern—approximately 41 percent of DOs go into family medicine and nearly 60 percent into primary care practice, and a higher percentage of them practice in rural and underserved areas.
Doctors across Indiana—DOs and MDs alike—have expressed their support for the new medical school with great enthusiasm. Osteopathic physicians bring a fresh perspective on wellness and patient care to the healthcare setting, and hospital administrators also tell us that they are deeply interested in hiring more of them. Embedded in the osteopathic philosophy of medicine is the recognition that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. From this key tenet comes the concept of wellness (pioneered by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874), an emphasis on preventive medicine and more patient responsibility for wellness.
Recent editorials in the national media have tackled an interesting question: “DO or M.D., what’s the difference?” It is reasonable to expect that you might have that same question and you can find more information on the Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Rachel Bingham, executive assistant to the dean, at 317.955.6290.
If you are interested in supporting the college of osteopathic medicine through a financial gift or other partnership, contact:
Vice President for Institutional Advancement