Campbell University considers establishing an osteopathic medical school

August 4, 2010 | 22 Comments

Campbell University considers establishing an osteopathic medical school

Buies Creek, NC - The Campbell University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday, Aug. 4, to authorize a feasibility study to consider the establishment of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, beginning with a charter class in August 2013.  

     The possibility of opening a College of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell has been under active consideration for almost a year.  The trustees approved funding for the employment of a dean, consultants, architectural planning, and the necessary resources to conduct the feasibility study. A decision is expected no later thanMay 2011.  Robert J. “Bob” Barker, Chair of the Campbell Board of Trustees, reported “the Board of Trustees was unanimous in their support of the feasibility study and very positive about the possibility of an osteopathic medical school at Campbell.” 

     Osteopathic Physicians are licensed to practice medicine in all fifty states of the United States with all the privileges and responsibilities of medical doctors.  More than eight hundred osteopathic physicians currently practice medicine in North Carolina.Colleges of osteopathic medicine are located in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and at the following national universities:  Michigan State, University of Ohio, and Oklahoma State. Currently, 80 North Carolina residents are enrolled in various osteopathic medical schools located throughout the United States.

     Reasons cited for the feasibility study include the increasing shortage of primary care physicians in North Carolina, population growth in North Carolina and bordering states, an increase in the aging population, and the national health-care reform.  According to the 2009 North Carolina Institute of Medicine Study, North Carolina has approximately 7,660 Primary Care Physicians or 8.8 per 10,000 population, which is below the national average of 9.43 per 10,000 population; medical school graduates choosing Primary Care have dropped 50% between 1997 and 2005; North Carolina is projected to experience a 12% decline in per capita physician supply by 2020 and a 26% decline by 2030; North Carolina’s population is expected to increase by 17.6% between July 2007 and July 2020 and another 11.7% by 2030; the growth and aging of North Carolina’s population  is expected to increase demand  (measured by annual visits to physicians) by 34% between 2004 and 2020; and persons 65 and older will increase by 33.7% between July 2007 and July 2020.

     Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy school founded in the United States in more than 35 years.  In addition to offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  In 2009, the name was formally changed from the School of Pharmacy to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs, including the newly established Physician Assistant program, slated to enroll its first class in Fall 2011.



Photo Copy:  Campbell University President Jerry M. Wallace, Robin King-Thiele, DO, Robert Thiele, DO, Darren J. Sommer, DO, Trustee Chairman Bob Barker.


I would be interested in relocating to NC and teaching in the Osteopathic Program, in addition to Part-Time private Practice.  Please advise if you would be interested in my CV and details.  Thanks.

By Alexander Thermos,DO on July 10, 2011 - 5:16pm

The other day my brother called me and said “Jay did you know that Campbell University was going to open up a new Osteopathic School?”
I had two thoughts: the first was “boy have we come a long way! The second thought was to write Dr. Kauffman a note to express my support.
Persuant to his letter, I reiterated to him how Osteopathic Medicine had advanced in this State. When I finished my residency at the U of Illinois in Peoria in 1984 in Ob/Gyn; one could count the DO’s in this State on one hand. In order to be accepted, I chose to do my postgraduate training at an allopathic institution and became board certified through that route. Even then, it was difficult. After 25 years of predominantly doing a solo practice in Ob, I stopped due to the cost prohibitive malpractice and simply weariness. As an Eastern North Carolinian, my story was like many of that generation ie the obstacles that one had to jump simply to live where he chose. When I set up practice in 1984, a DO could practice in NC only if he passed the Federal License Exam. DO Boards were not accepted. I am so excited and elated over this milestone,to which I hope to become a part. Now, petty prejudices have dissipated, and there is a larger common foe. It is the 1.2 million Doctor shortage that this country will have to confront when those of my generation have retired. Thank you Campbell University for your wisdom and foresight for what is to become…Jay Barker, DO

By Marshall Jay Barker, DO on January 24, 2011 - 6:59pm

As a Campbell Alum and 4th year osteopathic medical school student- soon to be D.O., I think it is great that Campbell is considering adding to their graduate programs with an Osteopathic Medical School.  There is certainly a need for Physicians all across the country and I would be proud if Campbell helped to meet those needs.

By Zoe M. D.O. on December 9, 2010 - 5:56pm

Campbell should speak with Rowan University in New Jersey. They are also added DO program with their first class beginning in 2012!
I think it is a great addition to the Universitry and will add value to my degree!

By Patty Raube Keller on December 4, 2010 - 10:53pm

I’m shocked that there was no mention of a big state-supported D.O. school. In fact it is widely considered to be the best D.O. school in the U.S. and enjoys a stellar reputation in residency placements. It’s called TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

By John Bowie on October 20, 2010 - 1:21pm

This is so great!! It is time that NC has more schools that offer Osteopathic medicine. How about giving NCSU some competition by establishing a School of Veterinary Medicine.
Go Camels!!!

By Tanya Beauchamp on October 14, 2010 - 4:10pm

That is so great, another student in my Psych class at Campbell was just saying that he was going to apply to Osteopathic School- out of state.

Now how about a School of Nursing???? Especially one with an accelerated BSN, for those who already have a Bachelor’s degree program just as Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill,Queens U. Charlotte, NC A&T and Westen Carolina have.


By Rachel Gullixson on September 29, 2010 - 12:11am

Awesome!! Make it a dream come true!!

By Mark on September 24, 2010 - 10:27pm

I think it would be great.  I am actually one of the 80 residents attending DO school outside of NC (I’m in Erie, PA) and would have loved the opportunity to have gone to a DO school back home.

By Lauren Wagstaff on September 15, 2010 - 2:00pm

Wow!  That’s an awesome approach to the growing shortage of physicians in North Carolina.  Campbell University is a fantastic institution and I hope Osteopathic Medicine becomes apart of Campbell’s fabric of academic excellence. 

Go Fighting Camels!!!

By Brandon F. Allen on September 11, 2010 - 3:19pm

I am encouraged to see that Campbell has broadened its doors to include “medical” sciences and especially osteopathy. (those critics need to realize that present day western medicine is less than 100-150 years old and if you truly read the history behind it, you will see how primitive and limited an understanding of the human body really is). Medicine in its current state follows a very cartesian model and ignores basic fundamental principles of quantum physics and how matter behaves. And hence much to those who join med schools with good intentions have found themselves to be errand runners for pharmaceutical firms. Many blessings and wish all alumni of campbell u much Peace.

By RSN on September 11, 2010 - 8:53am

I think going forward with a Medical School at Campbell University is awesome. I am sure that it will be a great adventure.
I am proud of the the Board of Trustee for having this great vision for the University. I also feel that the timing is right. This is the missing piece of the puzzle!!!
Demps Pettway (class of 1981)

By Demps Pettway on September 10, 2010 - 7:03pm

I think this is wonderful! Quality D.O. programs and schools are very hard find, let alone in this area of the country. I think Mr. Joe Jimbob is a bit confused. A D.O actually has to attend more schooling than an MD, and MD’s primarily end up working for the pharmaceutical companies, and prescribe med’s. I think this program would shed a very positive light on Campbell and only add to the positive development of students and community.I would much rather have a D.O take care of me and my family, since they take a look at all around contributors to one’s health, and don’t just like to prescribe medicines. I think Campbell is seeking a D.O. program instead of an M.D. since they already have the college of pharmaceutical medicine. They are becoming more diverse-and that is what this country and school needs. Besides, there are plenty of resources within a few miles for training (Duke, UNC).I offer a congratulations ahead of time, because I know that it is a wonderful idea for those who wish to pursue this sort of career-my husband being one of them.


By JC on September 10, 2010 - 6:37pm

Great Job to my alma matter. This is considerably great news since I have often considered pursuing an osteopathic medical education as well as an allopathic medical education. I applaud Campbell for wanting to address the many disparanging medical needs of our community. Keep striving to dedicated commitment to service. Thankyou for willing to take initiative to Academic Achievement were many others have neglected.

By Artreese Adams on August 27, 2010 - 8:26am

It is clear that despite over 100 years of medical service to America there are still folks who have no understanding of our profession. Like my Father before me I chose the Osteopathic Profession for the philosophy and I would stake my training against any allopathic school. I applaud Campbell University for considering incorporating an Osteopathic school in the curriculum.

By Peter Wagner, DO, FACC, Clinical Associate Profess on August 26, 2010 - 4:05pm

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