|American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery|
|President||Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D.|
368 (Downers Grove)
2,917 (Downers Grove)
105 acres (42.5 ha);
Glendale, 140 acres (56.7 ha)
Dark Warm Grey
Light Warm Grey
|Nickname||Fighting Geese for CCOM Honey Badgers for AZCOM|
Midwestern University (MWU) is an American non-profit graduate and professional school specializing in health sciences education. Founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, it is the fourth-oldest medical school currently active in the state of Illinois. In 1995, it opened an additional campus in Glendale, Arizona, becoming the second medical school to teach students in the state of Arizona. MWU has since expanded beyond solely providing medical education and now operates ten colleges, offering degrees in dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatric medicine, and other health professions.
The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The medical schools are also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
According to U.S. News & World Report (2015), Midwestern University's Downers Grove, IL and Glendale AZ campuses had two of the top physician assistant programs (tied #20) in the country.
Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery by J. Martin Littlejohn, Ph.D., D.O., M.D. (1865-1947). The school was founded as a private institution in Chicago, Illinois, with the purpose of teaching the principles of osteopathic medicine, surgery, anatomy, and basic science to medical students in a not-for-profit environment. It was the fourth medical school in the world to grant the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.
In 1986, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine moved from its prior home in Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois to a newly purchased campus in the western suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois. Following the relocation of the College, the Board of Trustees voted to begin the development of new academic programs within the health sciences. As a result, the Chicago College of Pharmacy began in 1991 and the College of Health Sciences began in 1992. In 1993, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a single educational mission for the institution, uniting the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, and the Chicago College of Health Sciences into Midwestern University.
In 1995, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of land and the building of Midwestern University's new campus in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, which was the first college to operate at this new campus, began classes in 1996 and joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine as one of only two medical schools in Arizona at the time. Similar to the growth of its Downers Grove campus, the Glendale campus expanded beyond solely training physicians by opening the College of Health Sciences in 1996, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale in 1998, the College of Dental Medicine in 2006, the College of Optometry in 2009, and the College of Physical Therapy in 2010. The College of Veterinary Medicine is currently under construction and will begin studies in 2014.
Downers Grove, Illinois
The Downers Grove campus is located on a 105-acre (42.5 ha) site in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburban area 25 miles west of downtown Chicago. It contains an abundance of green space, wooded areas, and a nature trail, in addition to classrooms, laboratories, a state-of-the-art library, an auditorium building, and recreational facilities. Student housing is provided in three different facilities: Redwood Hall I, Redwood Hall II, and the Pines Apartments. The Traditional Residence Halls (consisting of five connected residence halls: Aspen Hall, Birch Hall, Chestnut Hall, Dogwood Hall, and Elm Hall) were demolished in 2015. The Downers Grove campus is home to over 2,500 students and five colleges, offering twelve fields of study:
The Glendale campus is located on a 156-acre (63.1 ha) site in Glendale, Arizona, a suburban area 15 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. It contains state-of-the-art facilities such as practice labs, lecture halls, classrooms, a comprehensive library, and outpatient clinics. Student housing is provided in the Student Apartment Complex, which consists of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities provided exclusively for residents and guests of student housing include a swimming pool, volleyball court, and sand play area. The Glendale campus is home to over 2,900 students and five colleges, offering fourteen fields of study:
Three on-campus clinics have been built on the Glendale campus to provide medical services to the local community while subsequently providing hands-on clinical experience to its students: the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, the Midwestern University Dental Institute, and the Midwestern University Eye Institute. In July 2010, the Midwestern University Dental Institute opened its new facility which was designed together with Henry Schein. Construction of the Dental Institute began in November 2009 and includes 99,000-sq. ft. of space and 242 dental chairs.
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