Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University (RMU) and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) will hold a signing ceremony in Philadelphia today to celebrate a new program that will combine an RMU baccalaureate degree with the PCOM doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.
Under the “4+4” program, up to 10 select students will be admitted to PCOM upon their graduation from Robert Morris University. Students are chosen for the program upon their admission to RMU’s Pre-Medicine Program, which is part of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.
RMU has similar agreements with three other medical schools: Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia; the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie; and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
“We are proud to add another top-flight medical school as a partner in our growing pre-medicine program,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “In addition to providing talented students with an excellent medical education, RMU and PCOM are helping to address a critical shortage of physicians in Pennsylvania.”
To be eligible for the program, RMU students must have earned at least an 1150 on the mathematics and verbal portions of the SAT and completed four years of high school science and mathematics. They must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA through the end of their junior year at RMU, and score at least an 8 on each section of the MCAT.
The program will be overseen at RMU by Maria Kalevitch, associate dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.
"Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is very pleased to sign this affiliation agreement with Robert Morris University,” said PCOM President Matthew Schure.
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a physician trained and licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states. D.O.’s focus on the whole person and consider all facets of a person's life when treating illness, disease and injury.
In addition to using all forms of standard medical treatment, D.O.’s are trained to use osteopathic manipulative treatment to help diagnose injury and illness, to alleviate pain and to promote wellness. Osteopathic physicians work in partnership with each person to help promote health on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.