Western Colleges Of Osteopathic Medicine To Grant Preferred AdmissionFebruary 25, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 25, 2003--Outstanding Springfield College students who meet admissions criteria at the Arizona and Kirksville colleges of osteopathic medicine will receive preferred admissions consideration.
Through a new agreement, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) in Glendale, Arizona will reserve three admissions slots annually for Springfield College graduates who fulfill AZCOM's requirements. At Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) in Kirksville, Missouri, a maximum of two qualified Springfield College students will be notified at the end of their sophomore years of their acceptances upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees at Springfield College.
According to Mary Healey, dean of the Springfield College School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, "The philosophy of Springfield College matches well that of osteopathic medicine. We educate students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. Osteopathic medicine is based upon a humanistic approach to medical care that integrates the spirit, mind and body of the patient. We believe that our exceptional students would be successful in osteopathic medicine based upon the reputation and records of our past graduates who have become osteopathic physicians and academicians."
"As the founding college of osteopathic medicine, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine has been a leader in medical education for over 110 years. The students we attract at KCOM are high quality," stated Gerald Osborn, D.O., M. Phil, and vice president for medical affairs and dean. "Our strong primary care departments and rural care rotations in the students’ first year have resulted in KCOM receiving national acclaim as one of the top 20 medical schools in the areas of family medicine and rural medicine," he said. "We welcome the opportunity to work closely with Springfield College and look forward to having their students in our program."
"The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine has earned a reputation for innovation and quality," notes James W. Cole, D.O., dean and professor. "Our Preceptor Program provides early clinical experiences for first-year and second-year students, which is fairly unique in medical education. Our students and graduates have distinguished themselves by outpacing the national pass rates on board examinations, which is the best measure of quality for our educational program. We look forward to welcoming graduates of Springfield College to AZCOM and to the Southwest," he said.
Kirksville was the founding school of osteopathy more than 100 years ago and AZCOM, founded in 1995, is one of the nation's newest colleges of osteopathic medicine. With curriculums that focus on preventive care and early introduction of treatment, both institutions emphasize training of primary care physicians who are well suited to practice in all communities, but particularly in rural and underserved areas. Their graduates are also prepared for postgraduate training in both primary care and other specialty disciplines.
To qualify for admission at Kirksville and AZCOM, Springfield College students must possess a commitment to osteopathic medicine, maintain a grade point average of 3.4, successfully complete specified prerequisite courses, submit letters of recommendation and transcripts from Springfield College, and have successful interviews with the medical college. KCOM also requires an SAT score of 1230 or higher, and AZCOM requires a composite MCAT score of at least 25.
Springfield College students who are interested in medical careers usually graduate from its programs in biology/chemistry, rehabilitation, physician assistant, physical therapy, emergency medical services management, and physical education. "Historically, our graduates have had a high rate of acceptance at schools of osteopathic medicine. Across all advanced degree programs, our alumni finish in the upper third of their classes," Healey said.
Springfield College is internationally renowned as the Birthplace of Basketball (TM), a game invented by Prof. James Naismith in 1891. Since its founding in 1885 in Springfield, Massachusetts, it has educated leaders in the allied health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement activities, and the arts and sciences. It serves more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus, and at eight satellite campuses around the country.