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San Antonio's New Medical School Opens For Business

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
The ribbon is cut for the grand opening of the University of the Incarnate Word's new School of Osteopathic Medicine on July 20, 2017.

The new University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicineon San Antonio’s South side opened with fanfare this Thursday.

The program will graduate doctors who are DOs, not MDs. 


Hundreds of people gathered in the main lecture hall to celebrate UIW’s new medical school, the second osteopathic school in Texas and the sixth Catholic medical school in the country.

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The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in renovated aerospace medicine buildings that were part of the former Brooks Air Force Base.


"Very important day," commented former UIW President Lou Agnese. "The development, the opening of medical school founded in the principles of the Incarnate Word, on the south side, to give aspiration and choices to the young people of the state of Texas in an area of primary care which is so underserved in Texas. 

It was Agnese's vision to add to his university’s nursing, optometry and pharmacy training by adding doctor training as well.  Five years and $50 million dollars later, that vision is now a reality that will help change the healthcare and the economic future of the south side of San Antonio.

"We expect, over a 10 year period, about a $500 million impact," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "And when people say the South will rise again, this is exactly what they’re talking about."

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The inaugural class of UIW's School of Osteopathic Medicine begins in August 2017.


The campus uses four renovated aerospace medicine buildings at the former Brooks Air Force Base. It will serve as one of the anchors for that areas public-private revitalization project.

The incoming 162 students will have their white coat ceremony on July 31, 2017. Classes begin in August.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.