Phillip Keithhahn gave the Chaska Rotary Club an excellent presentation on the startup of a four-year medical school in Gaylord, Minnesota. The college plans to educate 150 doctors each year in osteopathic medicine. Osteopaths have meet the same requirements as traditional medical physicians (allopathic doctors) and have additional training in musculoskeletal tissue. By year five, the college expected to have 600 medical school students and 80 students in a Master’s program. Locating the osteopathic college in rural town will also train these doctors to work less populated areas.
The proposed school has two primary goals: At least 50 percent of their graduates will live and work in rural, medically underserved communities. This would mean about 750 rural physicians after the college’s first decade. The second goal is that at least 50 percent of the physicians will focus on disease prevention and population health.