Archives for March 27, 2009

More on TCOM adding an MD pathway

A good article today in the

Star-Telegram.comFORT WORTH — Tradition clashed with dreams for a new Fort Worth medical school as more than 250 people poured into a public hearing Thursday to voice their views on a proposal to add an M.D. degree to the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s popular osteopathic medicine program.

A string of prominent alumni and current students at UNT’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine — many wearing Don’t Mess with TCOM T-shirts — told the UNT board of regents that adding an M.D. degree would undermine the success of the osteopathic college, which focuses on producing primary care and family physicians, particularly for rural areas.

"This is a monumental decision," said Dr. Robert Deluca, a graduate of the college and a member of a study group that evaluated the proposal. "We believe that the addition of the M.D. degree at TCOM will dilute that effort."

Read the rest to find out the who’s who in the for and against.  Big names and powerful groups on both sides.