How New Mexico Will Solve Its Shortage of Primary Care Physicians – Dr. George Mychaskiw, Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the soon-to-open Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, will discuss why osteopathic physicians are especially critical to healthcare advancements in New Mexico.
The public private initiative is a first in the US, according to NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “The future of higher education will involve more of these kinds of partnerships, where public universities and the private sector work together to benefit the communities we serve,“ he noted at the college’s official known breaking ceremony in 2015.
BCOM will help solve the shortages in the medical field in the New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua, MX region by serving and educating approximately 600 students by 2020, with a goal of creating 600 or more residency slots in the Borderplex region over the next 10 years, where both healthcare professionals and education opportunities are greatly needed, said Mychaskiw. In fact, BCOM has already facilitated the approval and submission of over 60 new residency positions at hospitals in Las Cruces within the areas of family practice, internal medicine, orthopedic residency, psychiatry and anesthesia with more under development in Albuquerque and El Paso.