New medical school in Dublin set to open on time

August 24, 2013 by  

A new medical campus is planned for Dublin, and is expected to open on time in July 2014.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is renovating three buildings on Post Road on the west side of Dublin. According to Ohio University president Roderick McDavis, the college hopes that creating the school here will entice students to remain in Ohio to begin their practices as primary care doctors. Such generalists are needed in Ohio, which is reportedly underserved by the old-fashioned “family doctor”.

Ken Johnson, the executive dean of the college, notes that 93% of the students are from Ohio and 60% choose to remain in the state after they graduate. The dean of the Dublin campus, Bill Burke, noted proudly that this campus is the state leader in the number of those who remain in Ohio to establish their practices.

The school is renovating some unusual buildings to create the campus, including a garage and the former Dublin Entrepreneurial Center. The garage is slated to become a laboratory, while other planned facilities are research labs, clinical training labs, assessment labs, and a space for group study.

The renovation is anticipated to cost approximately $24.7 million and when complete, the facility will have around 11 full-time faculty members, 13 support staff, and 15 part-time staff, along with Burke. There will be 50 students in each of the first two classes, with enrolment increasing to 60 in 2016.

The school, which wants to attract applicants, could work with brochure printers to create an informative and attractive course catalog for mailing to prospective students.