AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A new medical college being built in Auburn is scheduled to admit its first class in 2015.
State and local officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Auburn Research Park.
The four-story building with more than 90,000 square feet will be adjacent to Auburn University's main campus.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has campuses in Blacksburg, Va. with Virginia Tech; and in Spartanburg, S.C. with Wofford College, The Opelika-Auburn News reported (http://bit.ly/1o0CHCb ). The Auburn campus will be its third.
The Auburn project involves a partnership between the college, Auburn University and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.
"When you look at what the college of osteopathic medicine is going to bring to us, it'll be an opportunity for students, faculty and the public and private sector in all walks to work collaboratively at Auburn University," said John Mason, president of Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.
Auburn University President Jay Gogue said he believes that adding another medical college in Alabama will help bring much-needed doctors to the state.
"I'm not an expert at all in health science or in the medical field, but I want you to think about in Alabama every day, the number that shocks me, 61 of the 67 counties are without the appropriate number of doctors," Gogue said.
The new college "offers an enormous opportunity in the state of Alabama to help our people," Gogue added.
"As a land-grant university, it's absolutely critical that we have a responsibility to the people in our state and beyond," he said.
Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/