D.O. School of Medicine: Shovel Ready

February 8, 2012 | 5 Comments

A lot has happened at the construction site of Campbell University’s future School of Osteopathic Medicine since hundreds braved freezing temperatures in early December to celebrate the school’s groundbreaking.

Steel beams have been erected in the four months since, and the school - North Carolina’s first medical school in 35 years - is beginning to take shape. The 96,500-square-foot facility - located on U.S. 421 a quarter-mile west of Campbell’s Buies Creek campus - is expected to be up by May 2013, with classes set to begin the following fall.

The school has created a buzz not only in Harnett County, but throughout the state. Gov. Bev Perdue, who was on hand for the December groundbreaking ceremony, said the school represents a way North Carolina can compete in the health care field.

“We compete by having big ideas and big dreams,” Perdue said. “Campbell’s big dream will transform the town of Buies Creek, Harnett County and the state.”

Campbell’s efforts to launch a medical school will directly address the growing shortage of physicians in North Carolina, according to Dr. John Kauffman, the school’s founding dean. “Our state currently ranks 35th out of 50 in primary care physicians,” Kauffman said. “There are 20 counties without a single general surgeon and at least that many without an obstetrician. The future, however, is bright.”

Kauffman said Campbell’s osteopathic medical school will eventually graduate about 150 physicians each year, many of whom will practice in rural, under-served regions of the state. Students will spend their first two years training at the new facility and Years 3 and 4 training at community hospitals, where he expects many will live and put down roots.

The primary focus of the School of Osteopathic Medicine will be training for primary care and family medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and other services, with an emphasis on rural areas or regions with little or no health care options.

— Billy Liggett, Assistant Director for Publications


The proposed Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) has been awarded pre-accreditation status and plans to enroll its first class in August 2013.

Target enrollment is planned for 150 students in the inaugural and subsequent classes.

The new School of Osteopathic Medicine will be North Carolina's first medical school in 35 years.


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I am moving to Coates, and am excited about the new medical school there. I am attending online university, doing my associates degree, and later plan to study my Bsc in hospital administration, and wondered if there will be any employment opportunities in the university itself.

By Aasia Williams on May 28, 2013 - 2:44am

I will be in the first graduating class….Dr. of Do—-2017!!!!

By Rebecca Andrea Howell on May 7, 2012 - 9:15pm

Wonderful! I was so looking forward to hearing this news. Because it’s a CAMPBELL School of Medicine I sure hope students learn it’s a body BY DESIGN as opposed to one by sheer happenstance. Best wishes for the school moving forward.

By CD on February 26, 2012 - 9:14pm

Wow!  I am so excited for the new developments at Campbell and I have no doubts the program will be a huge success.  I attended Campbell for years and am a proud of attending such a wonder university.

By Alicia on February 24, 2012 - 11:33pm

Awesome! I finished my undergrad at Campbell and am now in PA school in the western US. I have been following the formation of the CUSOM, and am seriously considering applying after I finish PA school if Campbell can secure provisional accreditation. I would love to return to Campbell as one of their initial medical students.

By Joseph Felder on February 20, 2012 - 4:00am

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