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Press Release: DeSales Forms Partnership with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Date: 5/1/2009

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DeSales Forms Partnership with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

(May 1, 2009) – DeSales University students who wish to pursue medicine and meet the necessary requirements are one step closer to making their dream a reality, thanks to a new partnership agreement between DeSales and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

The agreement, effective as of February 2009, allows DeSales students to enter into a traditional “4 + 4” academic program in which DeSales students complete a four-year program at DeSales earning a B.S. degree, then enter PCOM after their senior year at DeSales to complete a four-year program at PCOM. Upon completing both the DeSales and PCOM programs successfully, the student will earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

“This program will give our students matriculation to PCOM, upon completion of their bachelor’s degree at DeSales,” said Dr. Robert Blumenstein, dean of undergraduate studies at DeSales. “As long as our students meet the admissions criteria, there will be a seat waiting for them at PCOM.”

To earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from PCOM, students must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a 3.2 GPA by the end of their junior year at DeSales.
  • Earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree from DeSales, with eight semester hours each of general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, including two semester hour of laboratory; and six semester hours of English composition and literature.
  • Be recommended by the DeSales University Pre-Professional Committee.
  • Earn a minimum of eight in each section of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
  • Complete formal application process to PCOM.
  • Be interviewed, recommended for acceptance, and accepted by PCOM’s Faculty Committee on Admissions.
  • Complete necessary course requirements at PCOM.

According to Blumenstein, preliminary communications on the new program have shown interest on the part of both current and incoming students and he expects several students will be admitted to the new program in the new academic year.

“The new program makes the recruitment process targeting qualifying students easier and more attractive,” said Blumenstein. “Students feel medical school is within reach, provided they remain diligent and fulfill necessary requirements.”

DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 450-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,000 includes undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students. DeSales has 103 full-time faculty members and offers 37 bachelor’s degrees and six graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. The university also offers the ACCESS Program, the region’s leading accelerated degree program for adults.

For more than a century, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a "whole person" approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree and graduate programs in psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM's five Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.

Press Release: DeSales Forms Partnership with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | Posted on: 5/1/2009

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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