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Osteopathic Colleges Bet on Hybrid School Model to Ease Physician Shortage

By Lena J. Weiner  
   August 22, 2016

Collaborative medical education could bring more doctors to hospitals in underserved rural areas.

Private osteopathic medical schools are bringing physicians to areas where they're needed most. The osteopathic medical colleges are collaborating with public universities to open hybrid schools, which are branches on public university campuses.

Hospital HR leaders should be aware of this new education option as they recruit clinicians.

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, is vice president of health sciences and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)'s College of Osteopathic Medicine, based in Old Westbury, New York. Ross-Lee is also site dean of NYIT's first hybrid school, which opened earlier this month on the campus of Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro.

"It's kind of a win-win concept for medical education," says Ross-Lee. "It's our goal that these students will graduate medical school, will take a residency training position in the region, and when they complete their residency they will stay and serve the community," she says.

Ross-Lee took some time to answer a few questions about hybrid campuses for osteopathic medical schools and alternatives for other kinds of clinicians. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

Lena J. Weiner is an associate editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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