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UIW takes critical step toward development of new medical school
April 18, 2016

University of the Incarnate Word President Dr. Louis Agnese says a new medical school will fill a growing need for more health care in San Antonio and South Texas. 

W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

The American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, or COCA, has granted the University of the Incarnate Word pre-accreditation for its planned medical school at Brooks City BaseThat decision gives UIW permission to recruit immediately for the school, with provisional accreditation status effective July 1.

UIW School of Medicine Founding Dean Dr.Robyn Madson said the accreditation is a "crucial step" in the university's efforts to address the growing health care needs and challenges in San Antonio and South Texas.

While UIW still needs to clear a number of hurdles, Madson said COCA has given the university the "green light to move forward" with the development of a new medical school in Southeast San Antonio.

In April 2014, I reported that UIW was considering multiple sites where it planned to develop a new school for osteopathic medicine. Roughly two months later, the university confirmed it had selected a site at the former Brooks Air Force Base.

"Brooks has the space and resources to allow us to develop a state-of-the-art facility that will allow UIW to fulfill the health care mission of our founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word," UIW President Dr.Lou Agnese said in June 2014.

The pre-accreditation from COCA means UIW has demonstrated the ability to initiate instruction by a specified date. The UIW School of Medicine's office of administrations will begin accepting student applications on June 1, with plans to begin classes in the fall of 2017.

UIW officials expect the inaugural class will have about 150 students.

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