BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university is opening the first new medical school in the state for decades.
Campbell University welcomes 162 students to its school of osteopathic medicine on Monday. Its mission is to prepare students to serve as primary care doctors in underserved and rural areas.
Demand for primary care physicians is expected to increase sharply as people age, the state’s population grows, and health insurance laws change.
The school will be the second largest in the state behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It will be the only school training osteopathic doctors, who emphasize wellness and disease prevention alongside traditional methods.
North Carolina’s other three medical schools are Duke, Wake Forest and East Carolina University.