More than 300 people joined local leaders and officials from the University of the Incarnate Word to celebrate the opening of the university’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) on July 20.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert and District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran joined UIW acting President Dr. Denise Doyle, School of Osteopathic Medicine Founding Dean, Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson, and Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Sr. Tere Maya CCVI in cutting the ribbon on the $50 million state-of-the-art facility.
“Today’s grand opening of the School of Osteopathic Medicine continues the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word which began so long ago,” said Doyle in a press release. ‘Today’s celebration is the culmination of years of hard work from members not only in the UIW community but from throughout San Antonio and South Texas.”
“What a blessing it has been to be part of the amazing UIW team which has built this School of Osteopathic Medicine and is welcoming our inaugural class of students next Monday,” Phillips-Madson said in the release. “We are grateful to be situated in this historic and vibrant community, and look forward to working with our many partners and positively impacting the health of the people by in this region now and in the years to come.”
UIWSOM is located at 2510 Kennedy Circle at Brooks, the formerly named Brooks City-Base, a booming mixed-use community at the former Brooks Air Force Base. The campus is an anchor of the area’s public-private revitalization project. The 155,000-square-foot facility is home to 45 faculty, 40 professional staff and 150 students comprising the School of Medicine’s inaugural class. The facility features interactive learning studios, a state-of-the-art structures lab (anatomy, histology, pathology, embryology and imaging), ultrasounds for clinical and laboratory use, interactive multi-purpose learning spaces, a simulation suite consisting of four simulation rooms, and a demonstration kitchen for medical education and community education. It also features a 12-room CIELO (Clinical Inter-professional Experiential Learning and Observation) which includes both the simulation suite and the clinical area where standardized patients present with various symptoms to medical students.
UIWSOM is training primary care osteopathic physicians to meet the health needs of Central and South Texas, especially underserved and vulnerable populations. It is the only faith-based osteopathic school in Texas, and the only faith-based medical school in Texas. It is the sixth Catholic medical school in the U.S. UIWSOM is UIW’s fifth health professional school. The others are the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, Feik School of Pharmacy, Rosenberg School of Optometry and the UIW School of Physical Therapy.
“Having another medical school in San Antonio is transformative for our entire city and cements our position as a leader in the region for higher education,” said Viagran in the release. “This campus is a catalyst for community-centered growth that will have a positive impact on all residents seeking to improve their quality of life.”