San Antonio – On Friday, June 7, the University of the Incarnate Word’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to move forward with a feasibility study that could result in the opening of a $50 million osteopathic medical school by 2016.
While the $2.5 million feasibility study will be completed by March 2014, the board will immediately begin investigating four possible sites for the school. The final site recommendation is expected to be presented to the board at its meeting in October.
The sites under consideration are at a UIW-owned facility on Datapoint Drive that also houses the Rosenberg School of Optometry; Fox Tech High School, an SAISD health-professions school located downtown; Brooks City-Base; and an area located at I-35 and Walters.
“The site selection will be a very thorough process,” said Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW President. “Each location has advantages and disadvantages that will be taken into account.”
There are currently 29 schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States. Only one is located in Texas, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. In addition, there is just one private medical school in the Southwestern U.S., the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001 (firstname.lastname@example.org)