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. The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences—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.
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 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.