A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

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Coordinates: 33°22′58″N 111°42′18″W / 33.38278°N 111.70500°W / 33.38278; -111.70500

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
TypePrivate medical school
PresidentCraig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM
DeanJeffrey Morgan[1]
Academic staff
176 full-time[2]
469 part-time[2]
Location, ,
United States
Campus22 acres (8.9 ha)

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is a private medical school in Mesa, Arizona. It was established in 2007 and is on the Arizona campus of A.T. Still University. A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the original founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville, Missouri.

SOMA is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).[4]


ATSU SOMA Main Building

The campus operates in a portion of a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) building on the 22-acre (89,000 m2) campus of A.T. Still University in Mesa. The campus is the anchor of the Arizona Health & Technology Park, a 132-acre (0.53 km2) education, healthcare, and technology triangle owned by ATSU and Vanguard Health Systems. The master plan for the new park includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, professional offices, and product development research facilities.

The campus is also home to the ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences, ATSU-Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and the 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) East Valley Family YMCA.[5]


The curriculum at ATSU-SOMA is unique in that all of the clinical education is based at one of twelve community health centers throughout the country.[6]


ATSU-SOMA uses the Clinical Presentation Educational Model which teaches that there are about 120 different ways that a patient can present themself to a physician. The teaching method was based on a method developed in 1994 by the University of Calgary.[7] Basic sciences are coupled with clinical sciences so that the students have a more comprehensive and practical foundation for each medical discipline.[8] The curriculum design emphasizes clinical competencies which allows students to enter residency programs with greater experience with chronic disease than students educated in the majority of tertiary care-oriented academic health centers.[7]

Community Health Center locations[edit]

ATSU-SOMA is unique in that the first year is spent at the Mesa campus and the last three years at one of many community health centers. As of 2021, ATSU-SOMA offers 16 community health center opportunities in such locations as (from west to east):[9]

  • Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center – Wai'anae, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Health Point (previously Community Health Centers of King County) – Suburban Seattle, Washington
  • Northwest Regional Primary Care Association – Portland, Oregon
  • Family Healthcare Network – Tulare County, California
  • Community Health Center of the Central Coast, Inc – Santa Maria, California
  • San Ysidro Health Center – San Ysidro, California
  • North Country Healthcare – Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Adelante Healthcare – Phoenix, Arizona
  • El Rio Community Health Center – Tucson, Arizona
  • North Central Texas Community Health Care Center – Witchita Falls, Texas
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation – Centreville, Illinois
  • Near North Health Service Corporation – Chicago, Illinois
  • HealthSource of Ohio – Mt Orab, Ohio
  • Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services – Ridgeland, South Carolina
  • The Wright Center for Community Health – Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Sunset Park Family Health Center – Brooklyn, New York

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Faculty & Staff". A.T. Still University.
  2. ^ a b "Academic Fast Facts - School of Osteopathic Medicine - A.T. Still University". Atsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "A.T. Still University–School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
  4. ^ "ATSU-SOMA receives full accreditation status". ATSU News Releases. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Entries tagged with "Arizona Health & Technology Park" » » News Releases – A.T. Still University". News.atsu.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-05-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Chen, Candace; Mullan, Fitzhugh (June 2009). "The separate osteopathic medical education pathway: uniquely addressing national needs. Point" (PDF). Academic Medicine. 84 (6): 695. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a3dd28. PMID 19474535. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "Faculty Interview: ATSU-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona". The Student Doctor Network. 10 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Student D.O. Day at ATSU-SOMA Flyer" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "ATSU | School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona". www.atsu.edu. Retrieved 2021-03-04.

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