Midwestern University

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Midwestern University
Mid Western University logo.png
Former names
American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Type Private, non-profit
Established 1900; 116 years ago (1900)
President Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D.
Academic staff

368 (Downers Grove)[1]

393 (Glendale)[2]
Students

2,932 (Downers Grove)[3]

3,295(Glendale))[4]</
Location
Campus Suburban:
Downers Grove,
105 acres (42.5 ha);
Glendale, 140 acres (56.7 ha)
Colors      Dark Blue
     Dark Warm Grey
     Light Warm Grey
Nickname Fighting Geese for CCOM Honey Badgers for AZCOM
Website www.midwestern.edu
Midwestern University Logotype.png

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.

History[edit]

Midwestern University was founded in 1900[5] 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.[6]

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[7] and the College of Health Sciences began in 1992.[8] 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[9] 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 Doctor of Psychology program at the Downers Grove campus received accreditation in 2013.[10]

The College of Veterinary Medicine opened in 2014, at a cost of $90 million,[11] with a 109,000-square-foot veterinary teaching hospital, a 36,000-square-foot large animal teaching facility, and a 76,000-square-foot classroom building.[12] The school is the only veterinary medical school in the state of Arizona.[13]

Academics and accreditation[edit]

Campus College Founded Accreditation[14]
Chicago MidwesternU 1900 The Higher Learning Commission[15]
Dental Medicine 2006 American Dental Association[16]
Health Sciences 1996 American Physical Therapy Association[17]
ARC-PA[18]
American Occupational Therapy Association[19]
American Psychological Association[20]
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association[21]
Optometry 2017 American Optometric Association[22]
Osteopathic Medicine 1900 American Osteopathic Association's COCA
Pharmacy 1991 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education[23]
Arizona
Dental Medicine 2006 American Dental Association[16]
Health Sciences 1996 American Physical Therapy Association[24]
ARC-PA[25]
American Occupational Therapy Association[19]
American Psychological Association[20]
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association[21]
Council on Podiatric Medical Education[26]
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia[27]
Optometry 2017 American Optometric Association[22]
Osteopathic Medicine 1996 American Osteopathic Association's COCA
Pharmacy 1998 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education[28]
Veterinary medicine 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association[29]

Through its six colleges, Midwestern University offers 16 academic programs at two locations. All programs are graduate, and focus on the health professions. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[15] Doctoral degree programs include the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Psychology, Doctor of Optometry, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Several masters degrees are also offered, including the following: Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Cardiovascular Science, and a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.

Campuses[edit]

Downers Grove, Illinois[edit]

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 library, an auditorium building, and recreational facilities.[30] 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.

Glendale, Arizona[edit]

Midwestern University Demographics[14]
Students
American Indian or Alaskan 0%
Asian 25%
Black or African American 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Native Hawaiian 0%
White 63%
Two or more races 3%
Unknown 1%
Non-resident alien 1%

The Glendale campus is located on a 156-acre (63.1 ha)[9] site in Glendale, Arizona, a suburban area 15 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. It contains 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.[31] 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.[32]

Midwestern University operates a Companion Animal Clinic, which is equipped with 14 examination rooms, a pharmacy, oncology and rehabilitation centers, as well as a simulation laboratory for training students.[33]

Patient care[edit]

Midwestern University operates several clinics, in Glendale, Arizona and in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Downers Grove Multispecialty Medical Clinic consists of a five storey, 193,000 square foot building, which opened in 2012 at a cost of $112 million.[34][35] The clinic includes a dental institute, a family practice clinic, speech & language institute, and an optometry clinic.[36]

At the Glendale campus, Midwestern University operates a dental clinic, which opened in 2010 at a cost of $38 million.[37] The dental clinic includes a pediatric wing, oral-surgery rooms, and 240 dental chairs.

The university hosts an annual charity run, which benefits St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.[38][39]

Students[edit]

More than 6,000 students were in attendance at Midwestern University for the 2015-16 academic year (both campuses). At the Downers Grove campus, there are 2,392 students in attendance. 58% are female, 42% are male. 63% are white, 25% are Asian, and 4% are hispanic or latino. At the Glendale campus, there are 3,295 students in attendance. 51% of students at the Glendale campus are male, while 49% are female. 65% are white, 19% are Asian, and 6% are Hispanic or Latino.

Students at Midwestern University participate in a number of clubs on campus and an active student government association. There are several professional fraternities on campus, including Alpha Omega, Delta Sigma Delta, Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Chi, Psi Chi, Rho Chi, Rho Pi Phi, Sigma Sigma Phi, Phi Lambda Sigma. The behavioral medicine club hosts an improvisation show, which benefits charities.[40] Additional clubs and organizations on campus include:[41]

People[edit]

Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Name Position. "Midwestern University in Glendale". Educationnews.org. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
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  4. ^ "Midwestern University-Glendale". College Navigator. U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences. 
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  8. ^ "Colleges: College of Health Sciences (CHS)". Midwestern.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
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  10. ^ Blair-Smith, Jill (December 4, 2013). "Midwestern University's Clinical Psychology Program Receives Accreditation". Chicago Tribune. 
  11. ^ Angela Gonzales (March 7, 2012). "Midwestern to spend $90M on state's first veterinary school". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Larki, Malinda (July 01, 2013). "Midwestern closer to accreditation". AVMA News.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Gonzales, Angela (Jun 22, 2015). "Midwestern University opens companion animal clinic to the public". Arizona Business Journal. 
  14. ^ a b "Midwestern University". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Statement of Accreditation Status: Midwestern University". Higher Learning Commission. 
  16. ^ a b "Search DDS/DMD Programs". American Dental Association. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "WestAccredited PT & PTA Programs Directory". Council on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Accredited Programs". Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
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  21. ^ a b "CAA Accredited Program Listing" (PDF). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 
  22. ^ a b "Accredited Programs". American Optometric Association. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
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  31. ^ "Glendale, AZ Campus". Midwestern.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  32. ^ "Midwestern University Dental Institute". Sidekick Magazine. Fall 2011. 
  33. ^ Larkin, Malinda (July 27, 2016). "Strong one-health foundation at Midwestern: University well-versed at establishing professional health care programs". Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 
  34. ^ "Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Multispecialty Clinics". DWL Architects. 
  35. ^ Blair-Smith, Jill (July 25, 2013). "Midwestern University Welcomes Community to New Medical Campus". Chicago Tribune. 
  36. ^ "Eye Institute opens at Midwestern University in Downers Grove". My Suburban Life. Shaw Media Digital. January 22, 2016. 
  37. ^ Wright, Leslie (May 17, 2010). "Midwestern University in Glendale to open affordable dental clinic in June". AZ Central. The Arizona Republic. 
  38. ^ Blair Smith, Jill (August 2, 2013). "Midwestern University Hosts Run to Benefit Children". Chicago Tribune. 
  39. ^ "Run beginning at Midwestern University raises $346k for St. Judes". My Suburban Life. Shaw Digital Media. August 12, 2014. 
  40. ^ Blairsmith, Jill (April 17, 2014). "Community Invited to Free Improv Night at Midwestern University". Chicago Tribune. 
  41. ^ "Student Activities Office". Midwestern University. 
  42. ^ McKay, John (December 14, 2012). "Former Red Wings Doctor, Birmingham Resident Publishes New Book of Hockeytown Stories". Birmingham Patch. 
  43. ^ "RVU Names Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, as President and CEO". Rocky Vista University. 

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