Our View: New medical school is a game-changer

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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 9:00 pm

Word from Las Cruces that New Mexico State University, along with a private businessman from Santa Fe and state political leaders, will be announcing the opening of the state’s second medical school is welcome on several fronts. The new school will train doctors of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic doctors receive similar training as conventional (allopathic) doctors, while also learning hands-on therapeutic treatments.

First, the public/private partnership is exciting — it reduces costs for the taxpayers and makes big achievements possible. Secondly, the school is designed to graduate doctors who will alleviate what is becoming a crisis. We don’t have enough doctors in the state, with all but two of New Mexico’s 33 counties classified as having a physician shortage. Third, the actual construction and then the long-term jobs associated with the school will be a much-needed financial boost to Southern New Mexico. When up and running, it’s estimated that the medical school will have a $77 million annual impact on the region. That’s figuring a $13.5 million operational budget with 162 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs. The entire state, of course, will benefit from having enough physicians to take care of sick people and from the taxes generated by new economic activity.

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  • Chewy Cabeza posted at 9:07 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    Chewy Posts: 15

    To the extent they are the "same" as MDs then they are scientific, rational practitioners. To the extent they follow the woo of traditional osteopathy, they are flakes. If they want to be MDs, they should go to medical school. But, of course, most ODs can't get into a reputable medical school. At least Podiatrists are scientifically trained, though with limited practice. ODs are not much different than chiros in terms of historical reasons for their existence. They are a cult, to the extent they truly believe the nonsensical bilge of OsteoPathy. Look it up! There is a reason they have that name! Again, there are wonderful individuals who for some reason ended up as ODs, but they are NOT rational, scientific, evidence-based practitioners TO THE EXTENT that they follow the idiotic, cultish beliefs of their weird founder.

  • Chewy Cabeza posted at 10:40 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    Chewy Posts: 15

    No it isn't. It is accurate. Do some research. Osteopathy is a philosophy, not a science. And a "for profit" osteopathy school is nothing to be happy about. How the editors of this paper can be so uninformed and deluded is astonishing.

  • Chewy Cabeza posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    Chewy Posts: 15

    Nonsense. Apparently the rich guy's flack wrote your editorial. Another new low for the SFeNM.

  • kenhbrooksmd posted at 10:36 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    kenhbrooksmd Posts: 1

    Osteopaths learn and practice the same basic medicine as MD's, and have additional training and ability to do hands-on healing. I would have no problem having one on my medical team. We should welcome this new school!

  • Linda Worley posted at 8:18 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    desertsooner Posts: 4

    That is an absurd statement.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 6:41 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 875

    Osteopathic medicine is quackery. This is not really a good thing.


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