Campbell opens new NC medical school to students

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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