Our Mission

Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University (BCOM) is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico through culturally humble undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research and clinical service to the community.

BCOM is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect and excellence in its students.

Our Vision

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will be regionally and nationally recognized for significantly impacting physician workforce needs of the Southwest and access to quality medical services. BCOM will be a leader in increasing workforce diversity, particularly among Native American and Hispanic populations.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. BCOM will provide a student-centered, broad-based medical educational program integrating osteopathic practice and principles and encompassing the necessary pre-doctoral didactic material to enable learners to become osteopathic physicians at the highest standard of excellence.

Objectives

  • BCOM’s curriculum will include biomedical and behavioral science material from the latest primary and secondary sources in the medical literature.
  • Educational methods and curricular design will incorporate current research on learning skills so that BCOM students have the greatest possibility of professional success and accomplishment.
  • Osteopathic principles and practice will be emphasized as central to holistic and contemporary care.
  1. BCOM will prepare students to function effectively to address the health needs of the Border, Hispanic and Native American populations.

Objectives

  •  BCOM will enrich its curriculum with learning experiences particularly germane to the people it serves, including medical and conversational Spanish, migrant and rural health issues and tropical medicine.
  • Didactic experiences will include cultural perspectives from regional stakeholders, including health care providers from the Border colonias and Native American nations.
  1. BCOM will conduct medical research of particular relevance to the area and provide the essential tools for its students to both understand the scientific method and design and conduct biomedical, behavioral and public health research projects.

Objectives

  • BCOM faculty will embrace a culture of lifelong learning and investigation and be provided the necessary infrastructure to establish and maintain research and scholarly activity outside of the proscribed curriculum.
  • BCOM will collaborate with New Mexico State University (NMSU) and other regional institutions of higher learning and medical care to investigate local health issues and research possible solutions.
  • The role of osteopathic practice in health maintenance and management of disease will be scientifically examined.
  • Students will incorporate research into their curriculum, which will begin with didactic instruction in research methods and statistics and culminate in a student-developed project before graduation.
  1. BCOM will be a clinical resource for the delivery of osteopathic medical care to the community.

Objectives

  •  BCOM will operate faculty-student managed musculoskeletal medicine and generalist clinics, in cooperation with NMSU health services and other health care providers in the region.
  •  BCOM will provide osteopathic continuing medical education to physicians in the area and be a resource for the clinical application of osteopathic principles and practices in the local health care system.
  • Clinical faculty will maintain a clinical practice in the community.
  • BCOM will collaborate with institutions of medical education in Chihuahua to introduce osteopathic principles and clinical practice to their students and area residents.
  1. BCOM will develop new graduate medical education (GME) opportunities for its students and other students desiring to work in the region, with special emphasis on primary care and culturally humble methods.

Objectives

  • BCOM will collaborate with hospitals and clinics in the region to create new GME programs, particularly in primary care, such that there will be graduate training opportunities for all of its graduates.
  • BCOM will provide administrative and curricular support to institutions desiring to open new GME programs.
  • BCOM will provide faculty development resources to physicians in its affiliated GME programs.
  • GME faculty and residents will have the opportunity and be encouraged to participate in medical student education and enrichment activities.
  1. BCOM’s students will objectively perform at the highest levels of accomplishment, as measured by standardized testing and other measures of success.

Objectives

  •  BCOM will continuously monitor student progress via objective performance measurement exams and preparation for COMLEX examinations.
  • Didactic support in test-taking and study skills will be provided to all students.
  • Students in need of remediation will be identified early and receive intervention, tailored to the individual’s learning style, such that all students will have every possibility of success.
  • Standardized patients and stimulation will be used as part of the curriculum to prepare students for clinical skills exams and clinical practice.
  • Resources will be available to students for assistance with GME application preparation and strategy.
  • BCOM will regularly monitor COMLEX scores, residency placement rates, in-training exam scores during residency, practice location and longevity as measures of student success.
  • Students and graduates will be asked to provide regular feedback as to adequacy of the curriculum, effectiveness of faculty and overall performance of the college as related to their career goals. The administration and faculty will meet regularly to review performance data and adjust as necessary.
  • Members of the medical community and other regional stakeholders will be regularly polled regarding the performance of BCOM students and graduates, with whom they interact.
  • The Chief Academic Officer will issue an annual report and address the community as to overall performance of the college, its graduates and plans for the future.
  1. BCOM will increase diversity and retention in the regional physician workforce.

Objectives

  • BCOM will establish pathway programs to facilitate the continuous preparation of local students from grade college through high college, college and eventually, osteopathic medical college.
  • BCOM will liaison with educational institutions in the Native American nations to facilitate the entrance of their students to osteopathic medical college.
  • BCOM will provide scholarship support to students of need from underserved groups of the region.
  • BCOM students and faculty will provide limited educational and enrichment activities in the sciences to local colleges serving vulnerable populations.
  • BCOM’s admissions and counseling office will maintain a close relationship with career advising offices in area colleges.
  • BCOM will have space available for representatives from the New Mexico and Texas state osteopathic medical associations on campus to facilitate interaction and support of students in career planning and recruitment.
  • BCOM will maintain a liaison office in Chihuahua to address local interest in the college and osteopathic medical practice.