School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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SOMA

About SOMA

SOMA Purpose Statement : The Campus : "The Medical School of the Future"

The Campus

The school operates in a portion of an existing 100,000-square-foot building on the 22-acre campus of A.T. Still University in Mesa. The Campus is the anchor of the Arizona Health & Technology Park, a 132-acre education, healthcare, and technology triangle owned by ATSU and Vanguard Health Systems. The master plan for the new park includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, professional offices, and product development research facilities.

Students spend their first year on the Mesa, Arizona, Campus learning together in small groups using real-life patient interactions and simulated clinical experiences. Students’ education in years two through four is based at one of the 11 select community campuses across the country. The second year is spent in small group settings learning additional clinical presentations, observing patient care, and gaining an understanding of the local health system and community health practices. Third- and fourth-year students complete their clinical rotations at Community Health Center campuses and associated hospitals, as well as with healthcare providers and at select healthcare institutions. Osteopathic principles and practices are integrated throughout the curriculum, and the osteopathic manipulative treatment program is designed for primary care applications. This provides distinctive training in the value of healing touch in patient care.

In addition to the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, ATSU's Mesa Campus is home to the Arizona School of Health Sciences and the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.