- The Florida Institute of Technology announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to establish a medical school on campus
- The first medical class is expected to have 100 students with an inaugural semester in July 2024
- Students at the university will be granted guaranteed admission to the medical school provided that they meet certain academic criteria
The Florida Institute of Technology announced on Thursday that it has partnered with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) to establish a four-year osteopathic medical school on its campus.
BCOM executed the affiliation documents to open the additional location with Florida Tech in November, though its passage is still contingent upon final approval from the college’s accrediting body and state licensure.
According to the university, its first medical class is expected to have 100 students for its inaugural semester in July 2024. The agreement also allows for collaborative research and teaching opportunities between both institutions.
“We desperately need the next generation of highly trained physicians around Florida and across our nation,” said Florida Tech Interim President Robert King. “This affiliation with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine allows Florida Tech and its students to be part of the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing our society today—ensuring adequate access to high-quality medical professionals. We are excited about the prospects.”
The Florida Institute of Technology stated during its press conference on the matter that one component of the affiliation agreement is what it referred to as the Medical School Pathway program. In its implementation, pre-med students at the university would be granted automatic admission into the medical school so long as they meet to-be-determined academic criteria.
Through the past three years, BCOM has operated a regional academic center in Brevard County for the purpose of clinical clerkship rotations.
In the press conference, leaders from BCOM stated that with the success of the regional academic center, the school felt that the natural next step was to develop an additional four-year medical school location in Florida.
According to the Osteopathic Medical Profession Report, the number of osteopathic physicians in the U.S. climbed to nearly 135,000 in 2021, with one in every four medical students training to be osteopathic physicians.
The Florida Institute of Technology is the latest institution in the state to announce the foundation of a medical school after Jacksonville University did so in November.