6 thoughts on “A Downtown Medical School Moves One Step Closer to Reality

  1. Let us understand:

    -150 million ish
    -50 to 450 ish per year
    – 3k to a school that is 15k plus a year
    – an osteopathic school?? JAMAwould not exactly approve (mucho different than college of medicine)
    – was 50 %, now less than 1/5 go in to primary care!

    Call me absurd, but tens of millions for a few people in osteo medicine appears absurd!

    Bob, downtown development is great, but a very expensive endeavor! At what point must we consider and understand these costs and exactly what should cond first. For example, this idea will not make a dent in the vacancy issue, which is central and must be addressed immediately!

    • Joe

      Jake is correct in identifying osteopathic medicine as a mainstream curriculum and practice universally recognized. On the subject of attending UIW and its costs, SAISD students who avail themselves of traditional levels of scholarship support plus the annual $3,000 grants will be able to attend the four-year school for substantially less than the retail rate, probably closer to less than 50% off the “rack rate”. –RR

  2. Joe,

    I didn’t know what osteopathic medicine was so I went to the old standby Wikipedia. It describes it as so:

    “In the 21st century, the training of osteopathic physicians in the United States is very similar to that of their M.D. counterparts. Osteopathic physicians attend four years of medical school followed by at least three years of residency. They use all conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment. Though still trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), the modern derivative of Still’s techniques, a minority of osteopathic physicians use it in actual practice.

    Osteopathic medicine is considered by some in the United States to be both a profession and a social movement, especially for its historically greater emphasis on primary care and holistic health. However, any distinction between the M.D. and the D.O. professions has eroded steadily; diminishing numbers of D.O. graduates enter primary care fields, fewer use OMM, holistic patient care models are increasingly taught at M.D. schools, and increasing numbers of osteopathic graduates choose to train in non-osteopathic residency programs.”

    I may be misreading the description, but it sounds like osteopathic physicians are largely the same as traditionally trained physicians with a greater emphasis placed on holistic care. This WP article appears positive on it.

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-11/national/37614383_1_osteopathic-doctors-osteopathic-physicians-primary-care

    Where did you get the stat that less than one in five graduates enter primary care? Not saying you’re wrong, I just didn’t see any sources saying that in a brief search. If the school is graduating hundreds of doctors a year, many who stay in San Antonio, that sounds like a great thing for the community.

  3. “which opens up the possibility of SAISD developing a single downtown central administrative complex and selling its hodge-podge of Lavaca properties, all of which likely would attract developers interested in building more residential housing in Southtown.”

    Is there any evidence or information to indicate that this has been in discussions, or is it speculation?

    And Jake’s info is correct, a DO is as respected as an MD, particularly for primary care medicine.

    • No evidence, only evident need. SAISD has outgrown the neighborhood. It holds its board meetings in an empty school, a terrible symbol of decline. It would be so much better for the district’s image and self-esteem if all of its central staff occupied a modern facility meant to connect the district to the central city. Something that projected change and success. Making it part of downtown would also make the district front and center in the minds of business and civic leaders.

      The district is land rich and cash poor, so selling its properties in one of the urban core’s developmental hot spots would benefit it financially and would help accelerate Southtown growth and quality of life. It could probably construct a new headquarters building on the Fox Tech campus without any cash outlays if it let’s go of other properties. Imagine something meaningful for the neighborhood where there is now an empty school.

      Those are my thoughts. I am sure others hold different views and we welcome them to come forward and share them. –RR

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