The Coalition for Osteopathic Excellence (COE) is a division of the Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education & Research (SWFOER), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine strives to assure that all qualifying medical students will be financially supported as they pursue a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine (DO). This effort would not be possible without charitable grant and scholarship funding. The SW Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research (SWFOER), successor to the NM Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Professional Development (established in 1992) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to provide financial support to osteopathic medical students, as well as to support medical and academic research initiatives.  The Foundation is governed by an independent board of directors.

To learn more about the SWFOER and how you can support the college, contact Victoria Pineda at

Supporting Burrell College

There are many reasons to support Burrell College and our medical students.

Serving the Underserved
Thirty-two of New Mexico’s 33 counties currently have a primary care physician shortage and 833,000 New Mexicans live in one of 104 areas designated as a primary care health provider shortage area. Burrell graduates will soon help combat this problem. In 2020, Burrell College graduated its first class of 133 students—releasing an army of osteopathic physicians who are trained and eager to serve the Southwest.

Diversifying the Physician Workforce
35 percent of the newest class of Burrell medical students self-identify with a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the physician workforce.

Driving Economic Development
At full operation, the college will infuse $77.7 million into Southern New Mexico each year.

Growing Graduate Medical Education
Burrell has and will continue to spend considerable resources to develop more graduate medical education (GME) residencies in New Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. [See HB 480, legislation that Burrell College was the lead stakeholder in developing.]

Burrell Gives Back
Burrell College will contribute over $30 million to the New Mexico State University (NMSU) foundation to build an undergraduate scholarship endowment. This pipeline program will support students who are pursuing health science careers.

And More
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is the first private-public sector partnership of its kind in the history of U.S. medical schools. Harnessing the investment capital and financing expertise of the private sector — thus saving tax payers from the financial burden — while at the same time blending, affiliating and paying for services from an existing public university: NMSU.