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News Release

Date: 10/31/2006

ATSU Board approves Ph.D. in osteopathic research

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Not content with having six doctoral degree offerings, A.T. Still University’s Board of Trustees approved its seventh doctoral program, the Ph.D. in osteopathic clinical research, at its meeting last month in Kirksville.

ATSU President James J. McGovern, Ph.D., said that the new Ph.D. will bring people literally from around the world to Kirksville, Missouri. While the research will be done by D.O.s (osteopathic physicians) on patients at their home sites, some of the courses, the dissertation defenses, and graduations will be held in Kirksville.

ATSU does more osteopathic research than any other school in the United States.  President McGovern stated that advancing osteopathic principles is part of ATSU’s mission. “So, it is only natural we take responsibility to train professional researchers to do osteopathic research,” he said.

Dr. McGovern also pointed out that many osteopathic physicians in Europe and the United States are eager to obtain Ph.D.s. Therefore, ATSU is gathering clinical research mentors from some of the finest universities in Europe and the U.S.

“We are talking to Ph.D. clinical researchers at the Universities of Heidelberg, Munich, Dresden, Brussels, and Lisbon in Europe and Harvard, Case Western, Penn, and others in this country,” he added. “Our ultimate goal is to improve patient care by training practitioners to understand clinical research and allowing them to scientifically analyze symptoms and review treatments. This scientific training will then continuously improve healthcare.”

ATSU is a major grantor of doctoral degrees in the United States. Last year, the university ranked 16th among private universities in awarding doctorates, even exceeding the output of many large public universities, including the University of Iowa.

“A major focus of A.T. Still University is to teach the health professional teachers in colleges and universities,” President McGovern said.

The seven doctoral degrees approved by the ATSU Board include Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), Doctor of Health Education (D.H.Ed.), Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Osteopathic Clinical Research (Ph.D.).

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A.T. Still University is the leading institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary healthcare education founded on the principles of whole person care. It boasts the nation’s newest – and Arizona’s first – dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,and the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also provides osteopathic medical education through its newest school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In addition, it offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.