Class of 2017
Here First. Healing Together. Leaving a Legacy.
We stand, as a family, committed to humbly serve and uplift our communities. Through strong spirit and enduring compassion, we will blaze new trails while upholding the traditions of excellence in osteopathic medicine.
things to know about CUSOM
1. It’s the first medical school to open in North Carolina since 1977.
2. It’s the first osteopathic medical school in North Carolina.
3. It has a charter class of 162 students, who developed their own motto to guide them during their next four years: “Here first. Healing together. Leaving a legacy.”
4. It’ll be the second largest medical school in North Carolina when it’s fully operational in four years, enrolling about 600 students.
5. It comes at a time when North Carolina faces a shortage of physicians. A 2007 N.C. Institute of Medicine study projected that the state will face a shortage of 90,000 physicians by 2020. The state also ranks 30th out of 50 in physicians per capita, and one in five counties in North Carolina have zero general surgeons.
6. Its mission is to educate and prepare community-based osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment to care for rural and underserved populations.
7. It’s housed in the 96,500-square-foot, state-of-the-start Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences, which boasts one of the top simulation centers in the region. Located on the second floor are simulation lab rooms that mimic an emergency room, an operating room, an intensive care unit, a labor and delivering room, and debriefing rooms.
8. Its students will spend the first two years learning in the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences, located in Harnett County, before being assigned to training opportunities in regional community hospitals, including WakeMed, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
9. It brings to fruition a dream that began in 2009 when Campbell President Jerry Wallace visited William Carey University as part of the college’s application to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to start an osteopathic medical school. At William Carey, a Baptist school in Mississippi, Wallace learned about the model for osteopathic medical education and became interested in exploring the possibility of starting such a school at Campbell.
10. It now gives Campbell at least four professional doctorates, making Campbell a Level VI university—the highest level of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Only two other private universities in North Carolina are Level VIs: Duke and Wake Forest. (The others are in law, pharmacy and divinity.)