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Marian has waiting list for very first medical class

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Marian University in Indianapolis has announced it has reached its self-imposed limit of 162 students for the incoming class of its new college of osteopathic medicine.

School officials said they have received tuition deposits from 162 applicants. They say those students can still pursue their education elsewhere, but the school has a waiting list. They said they are confident they can fill any vacancies that arise.

The school said it will be the first medical school to open in Indiana in more than 100 years.

Dean Paul Evans said the college will help at a time when there is a growing shortage of doctors because of an aging population and doctors retiring.

Osteopathic doctors have similar training to traditional physicians, but also are trained in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

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  • What?
    GoJeepDog, did you even read the headline. It says they have a waiting list already for spots. They have reached their limit of 162 applicants and if any of those should decide not to enroll they have others waiting to take their spot.
  • very interesting
    I find it very interesting that a brand, spanking new medical school is just barely filling its first class. I can guarantee you that if this was a traditional allopathic (meaning a school from MDs graduate)school, it would have way more applicants than accepted students. I too agree that many DOs are well qualified to practice medicine but I do find the fact that they're arguably struggling to fill the class as interesting....
  • Just to clarify
    "Osteopathic doctors have similar training to traditional physicians, but also are trained in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems." This is somewhat misleading. The only thing "extra" that osteopathic students get is training in osteopathic manipulation, which is poorly validated and not even most osteopaths practice or believe in. The reason it's not in the curriculum of traditional medical schools is there isn't scientific support for it. The primary difference between osteopathic and traditional medical schools is that osteopathic schools are easier to get in to. MCAT scores and GPAs (despite a more forgiving calculation by D.O. schools) are universally lower for D.O. schools than traditional medical schools. The main reason one attends a D.O. school is inability to get in to medical school. Does that mean that D.O.s are inferior physicians than M.D.s? Absolutely not. I'd take a motivated, caring D.O. over many M.D.s. Many D.O.s take the same residency training programs as M.D.s and are well qualified in their field. It is tough for a D.O. student, however, to get a spot in more competitive specialty residencies, however. That's not all bad, as they are far more likely to go into primary care, where there's the greater need. Perhaps in the future we'll see D.O.s fulfilling much of the primary care role, and M.D.s filling many of the specialty and research positions. Regardless, Marian seems to be doing everything possible to get their osteopathic school off to a good start.

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