A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) second-, third- , and fourth-year students are based at one of 11 select community health center- focused community campuses across the United States.
Second-year students spend time in these “community campuses” 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 their community health center, in associated hospitals, as well as with affiliated healthcare providers at select healthcare institutions.
“Our students work alongside CHC faculty and are able to diagnose, treat and educate patients on disease and disease prevention,” says Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., dean, SOMA. “We believe that we are the right medical school at the right time. Healthcare reform is now focusing on prevention and individuals at risk for chronic diseases, but prevention and wellness always have been our focus, and we are preparing tomorrow’s healthcare providers to advocate personal health responsibility and prevention. We are also serving a population of individuals who may be medically uninsured or underinsured.” Osteopathic principles and practices are integrated throughout the curriculum.
ATSU partners with the following community health centers and community organizations for community campuses:
- Lutheran Family Health Centers, based in Brooklyn, NY, and serving urban, émigré, ethnic, HIV, older adult and homeless populations in Brooklyn.
- Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, based in Beaufort, SC (north of Hilton Head), and serving rural, suburban and ethnic populations in the low-country region of South Carolina.
- HealthSource of Southern Ohio, based in Milford, OH (east of Cincinnati), and serving rural, farming, ethnic, religious and Appalachian communities across southern Ohio.
- North Country Community Health Center, based in Flagstaff, AZ, and serving isolated and ethnic populations in rural northern and eastern Arizona.
- Adelante Healthcare, based in the Phoenix Arizona area, serving communities in central Arizona and the Southwest.
- El Rio Health Center, based in Tucson, AZ, and serving urban, suburban, ethnic, HIV, and homeless constituents in and around Tucson.
- Family HealthCare Network, based in Porterville, CA (south of Fresno) and serving suburban and farm-worker populations in the valley at the base of Yosemite national park.
- NWRPCA Campus - (Northwest Regional Primary Care Association), a regional model with the classroom based in Portland, Oregon, serving rural and urban community health centers throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. .
- HealthPoint (formerly Community Health Centers of King County), serving urban, suburban, émigré and ethnic populations in the county east and south of Seattle, WA.
- NearNorth Health Service Corporation based in Chicago, IL provides health care, social services and nutrition education to the medically indigent and uninsured resident of the inner-city Chicago area.
- Unity Health Care, based in Washinton DC and serving urban, émigré, ethnic, HIV, older adult and homeless populations in the District of Columbia.
- Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is based in Wai'anae, HI on the island of Oahu. It is a patient centered medical home providing primary care, social work services, traditional Hawaiian healing, behavioral health, dental care and preventative health care services to a medically underserved minority population.