Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Breaks Ground for Osteopathic Medical School

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh broke ground for the new Duquesne College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM) on March 1. Among the speakers was Jerome Gloster, MD, CEO of FQHC Primary Care Health Services (PCHS). Dr. Gloster spoke about how PCHS has experienced Duquesne’s dedication to serving the community through their partnership with the university’s Duquesne Center for Integrated Health asthma program for children and teenagers. PCHS, East Liberty Family Health Care Center, and North Side Christian Health Center are among the healthcare organizations that will partner with DCOM to provide rotations for third- and fourth-year medical students. John Kauffman, DO, the founding dean of DCOM, said an emphasis will be placed on serving underserved communities. He anticipates that 50% of each class of residents will go into primary care. The $151 million projects is projected to take two years with the first class of students starting in 2024.