New med school goes ahead in Ariz.

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 9, 2006

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The A.T. Still University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz., received provisional accreditation this September by the American Osteopathic Assn.'s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The first class of 100 medical students is expected to start in July 2007.

The new medical school is part of a 50-acre campus anchoring the 132-acre Arizona Health & Technology Park, a half-billion dollar education, health care and technology park that the university and Vanguard Health Systems owns.

Douglas L. Wood, DO, PhD, a past president of the American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and dean of the new school, said the school plans to take a humanistic approach to education and health care.

"Small study groups and problem solving will receive greater emphasis than lectures," Dr. Wood said, and students will train at community health centers, which will have a high ratio of physicians to students.

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