The American Osteopathic Association earlier this month approved plans by the Pomona, Calif.-based Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific to open a campus in Lebanon, Ore. The plan calls for 100 students to enroll in August 2011. Currently, the school educates classes of 206 osteopaths-in-training, and the plan calls for increasing that to 320 by 2011 with 220 in Pomona joining the 100 in Lebanon, says Clinton Adams, D.O., dean of the school. Also, the program offers a Northwest Track in which 30 residencies are allotted to third-year students living in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or Wyoming. Many were being trained at facilities in the Corvallis, Ore.-based Samaritan Health Services system, leading Samaritan President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Mullins to ask, Why dont we build a school here? Adams says. Though not necessarily a formal partnership, Adams says the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific is working in conjunction with Samaritan. Were negotiating through the Samaritan system to build a 55,000-square-foot facility, which we will lease, Adams says. Its going to be our name on the building, but theyre developing a campus around us.To submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
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