INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) welcomed 162 new students during a "White Coat Ceremony" this afternoon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. The students comprise MU-COM's third class; the medical school opened its doors in August 2013, making it just the second medical school in Indiana, and the first to open its doors in more than a century.
The White Coat Ceremony is a celebration held by more than 100 medical schools nationally, marking the beginning of a student's journey to becoming a doctor. During the ceremony, students receive a white coat, the uniform traditionally worn by physicians across the U.S.
"This is a wonderful day for these students and their families," Paul Evans, D.O., dean of MU-COM, said. "It recognizes both the achievement that it took to get to this point, as well as the start of the hard work that lies ahead. These students represent the future of health care in Indiana. I think we are all in very good hands."
Dr. Evans said more than 4,300 people applied for the 162 seats that were available to be filled. The result is a class that surpasses national averages of other osteopathic medical schools in nearly every measurable category:
- Average undergraduate GPA of 3.62, compared to national average of 3.53;
- Average MCAT (med school entrance exam) score of 27.53, compared to national average of 27.21;
- Average Science GPA of 3.56, compared to 3.46 national average.
There are 88 Indiana residents in MU-COM's newest class, comprising 54% of the class. Those students can receive $10,000 annual scholarships from the State of Indiana ($40,000 total) if they remain in Indiana after graduation and practice in a primary care field in rural or underserved areas of the state.
"There is a significant shortage of doctors in Indiana," Dr. Evans said. "It's important that the state do all it can to retain the students graduating from its medical schools to become Indiana physicians. The Indiana General Assembly deserves to be commended for its innovative approach to incentivizing Marian University students to practice in our state."
Of the 84 undergraduate colleges and universities represented in this year's MU-COM class, 23 are Indiana institutions. That includes Marian University, which places five graduates in the class.
"We've made strategic investments in recent years in our School of Mathematics and Sciences, with the expectation that it would become a feeder for our College of Osteopathic Medicine," Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. "It's extremely rewarding to see that investment come to fruition. And I'm sure it's motivating for our undergraduate students to know that they too will have opportunities to get accepted into some of the best graduate and professional schools in the nation if they apply themselves during their four years at Marian University."
In total, there are students from 23 states in the class. There are also 12 non-U.S. citizens from six countries – Cameroon, Canada, India, South Korea, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
About Marian University Indianapolis
Marian University (www.marian.edu), founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of approximately 3,000 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana's 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide.
Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 30 national championships in cycling, captured the NAIA national championship in football in 2012, and was a finalist in 2014 in the 2014 NAIA national championship game.
About Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) in Indianapolis recognizes the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, which treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, and promotes a lifetime of wellness. The program emphasizes osteopathic training in all areas of medicine, including primary care, through lifelong learning and scholarly activity delivered by a dynamic academic community.
Indiana's newest medical school welcomed the first class of medical students in August 2013. MU-COM combines the strengths of the osteopathic philosophy and Marian University's rich Franciscan history, making it one of only five medical schools at a Catholic university, and the only osteopathic medical school at a Catholic university, in the nation.
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