A brand new medical school is open in Dublin for future doctors.
The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - a branch of Ohio University - welcomed 50 students to orientation on Wednesday. All but two students are from Ohio and most plan to be primary care doctors. If they commit to becoming doctors and work in under-served areas, they can receive scholarship help.
Dean William Burke says in just over a decade, the nation will be short 53,000 primary care doctors and the new College of Medicine is expected to help many families.
"Our goal is to choose students who are from the central Ohio area that will train here for four years. They will then also get a leg in, as it were, in regard to getting a residency program in central Ohio, and then stay in practice in this area,” Burke explains.
Meanwhile, medical student Rebekah Lantz says the opening is also very exciting for the new students. “The fact that we're the founding class, founding members of the class, it's all new!”
Ohio University plans to start a physician assistant program in Dublin next May. A $105 million dollar grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation made this new Dublin medical school possible.