I missed this the other day, but better late than never.
JPS voices support for new M.D. program at health science center
FORT WORTH — Doctors at the JPS Health Network showed their support Thursday for an M.D. program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Sealy Massingill, president of the JPS medical staff, said he and other JPS physicians back the idea that the school should offer the new degree program in addition to its traditional degree in osteopathic medicine.
Plans for the M.D. program would be presented to the university’s board of regents in November.
For those who don’t live here, Fort Worth’s Osteopathic hospital closed a few years ago, and with it many of the training rotations for the DO school here disappeared. The county hospital (JPS) flexed up, the DO students travel more, but they’ve survived.
Whether offering an MD track alongside an existing DO program is desirable, I don’t know (is there such a place anywhere else)?
What I don’t get is the implication that having an MD school would result in more residency slots at JPS; residents are residents. The only reason I can think of is they don’t want to be the “DO hospital”. There must be a lot of anti-DO bias somewhere.