A.T. Still University
Established in 1892 by A.T. Still MD, DO, the founder of osteopathy, A.T. Still University (ATSU) began as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine and has evolved into a leading university of health sciences.
School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA)
ATSU’s newest medical school began in response to a need expressed by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The aim of the educational program is to produce leaders in medicine who will take the foundation of broad education in medicine to improve health through patient care and educational research. It will prepare physicians to practice compassionate clinic medicine of the highest standard and to identify and solve fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease. SOMA will implement the Clinical Presentation Educational Model and follow an innovative path built around a core of dedicated faculty who design and teach course content modules and work with renowned visiting faculty.
Community Health Centers (CHCs) anticipate a need for an additional 14,000 physicians by 2020, and are partnering with ATSU to identify, educate, and train high quality, community minded physicians. The medical school continues ATSU’s partnership with NACHC by featuring Contextual Learning Campus at 10 of the nation’s premier CHCs including HealthPoint. This nationally representative network of CHCs will serve as campuses for students during their second, third and fourth years of medical school. These campuses, staffed by ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOMA) faculty, will provide team-learning classrooms, primary care clinical experience homes, and continuity bases for local CHC affiliated specialty rotations.