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San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) has attained an important milestone - pre-accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Pre-accreditation is the initial recognition status awarded by COCA. It is an integral step towards UIW’s goal of establishing a school of osteopathic medicine to serve San Antonio and South Texas by providing physicians to serve the growing communities.

“This is great news for UIW and the school of medicine,” said UIW President Lou Agnese. “Attaining this crucial goal is the result of a lot of hard work by many individuals, especially those from the medical school.”

The SOM team is now preparing for the next step in this process. Provisional accreditation is required in order to recruit students. The anticipated start date for the inaugural class is the summer of 2017. 

 “Building a new medical school requires sustained commitment and dedication on the part of so many, and we’re very grateful for our partners in this endeavor. We’re confident that the development of this osteopathic medical school will result in many positive outcomes, and will constructively impact the health of the communities we serve for generations to come,”    said SOM Founding Dean Dr. Robyn Madson.

 

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CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu