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College of Osteopathic Celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week April 15-21, 2012 - 4/16/2012

National Osteopathic Medicine Week 2012To emphasize the importance of leading healthy lifestyles Marian University and the Marian University College of Osteopathic (MU-COM) will celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week April 15-21, 2012.

NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal—increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians (DOs) in communities across the country. MU-COM will promote different aspects of osteopathic medicine throughout the week via social media and e-mail.

DOs are fully licensed to prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including family practice, surgery, and psychiatry. Currently, there are more than 78,000 DOs and 19,000 osteopathic medical students in the United States. DOs are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients. They focus on preventive healthcare by teaching their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but also assist in preventing future ones.

On January 15, 2010, Marian University announced it would develop the first college of osteopathic medicine in the state of Indiana. MU-COM is the nation’s only osteopathic medical school sponsored by a Catholic University. On August 24, 2011, Marian University broke ground on the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which will house MU-COM and the School of Nursing.

MU-COM received pre-accreditation status from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) on May 1, 2011, and is accredited from the Higher Learn Commission. However, MU-COM may not recruit or enroll students nor offer instruction to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree until it receives provisional accreditation from COCA.