El Paso Times
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, funded entirely by private investors, is scheduled to open in fall 2016 across from Arrowhead Park Early College High School on NMSU's campus. The school will serve 150 students in its first year, adding students throughout the years to reach the planned 1,200 total.
Schools of osteopathic medicine are similar to traditional medical schools. They are four years and graduate doctors who can practice medicine, prescribe medications and perform surgery, like medical doctors, according to the National Institutes of Health. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, however, spend additional time studying "hands-on manual medicine" and the body's musculoskeletal system, often including chiropractic elements, according to NIH.
The school will be the first of its kind in New Mexico and only the second medical school in the state, after the University of New Mexico's traditional School of Medicine, which receives taxpayer funds.
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The $85 million, private osteopathic medical school to be built on the campus of New Mexico State University is being funded by Santa Fe real estate and mining developer Dan Burrell and his family, who over the course of 60 years will make a $30 million donation to the NMSU Foundation.
Construction of the 80,000-square-foot Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to begin in February 2015, and the school will open its doors in September 2016, Burrell and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. The for-profit facility will be built on seven acres in NMSU’s Arrowhead Center that Burrell’s company, Burrell Education Enterprises, will lease from the school for $268,329 a year.
The school hopes to produce 1,200 new doctors over the next decade, and it will focus on creating primary care doctors.
Medical School in the Works For NMSU
They’ve done better than that.
“We have secured 300 residency slots in New Mexico,” said Ralph McClish, executive director of the New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association. “They could be filled by DOs or MDs.”
Those residency slots are at 13 New Mexico hospitals, McClish added.
The school, which is expected to be located at New Mexico State University, will be a nearly $70 million project, is privately funded and will be a for-profit school similar to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado, McClish said. It will have room for about 100 students, about as big as the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine.
NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and Dr. Paul Roth, Dean of the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine and chancellor for Health Sciences at UNM, met in May to discuss the project, said Billy Sparks, executive director of communications and marketing for the UNM Health Sciences Center.
“Chancellor Roth and President Carruthers met last month and shared their concerns about this,” Sparks told Business First. “There has been a discussion about it. We are aware of it.”
NMSU regent Ike Pino confirmed that the project is moving forward.
“This would give us another economic driver for southern New Mexico. On our level we wanted to make sure that we were not getting into any conflicts with UNM, and we are fairly confident that we are not,” Pino said. “Garrey has all the details in the world on this one.”