Since its inception in 1975, OU-COM has specialized in the recruitment, training and placement of primary care physicians, which includes family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics. More than half of the medical school's practicing graduates serve as primary care physicians and 60 percent stay in Ohio to practice. That makes OU-COM number one in Ohio, and near the top ten nationally in medical schools that graduate physicians who practice primary care, particularly in under-served rural areas.
"Our goal is to become nothing less than the leader of primary care education," said Dr. Brose. "This gives us an opportunity on our new central Ohio campus to focus in on the needs of central Ohio. It also broadens our ability to service communities of need throughout the entire state."
The location for the new site is still being finalized. However, the campus is slated to take its first incoming class by August, 2014.
Once open, it will enroll 50 new students each year, in addition to the 140 who are admitted annually at the Athens campus. By 2019, it is anticipated that the Heritage medical college will be graduating 200 students annually.
Enhancing Research into Diabetes
On the Athens campus, this funding award will also help expand research and treatment of diabetes, a disease expected to skyrocket in the U.S. by a staggering 165 percent by 2050, eventually affecting one in three Americans. Appalachian Ohio has the highest incidence of diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases in the state (11.3 percent), and rates that are much higher than the national average
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