By: Luis “Luigi” Fintston
NMSU has helped usher in the new addition of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Located on the outskirts of campus on the Southern part of the campus by the NMSU Football stadium, the architecture of the building itself, makes it stand out.
It is one of the newest medical colleges in the state of New Mexico along with the United States.
The school’s focus is to provide healthcare in the Southwest region and the New Mexico area.
The school itself is a private and free standing college. However, since it was built and constructed so close to the NMSU campus, it also has close affiliations with the University and students who attend the school participate in student life, among other ammentities.
Burrell offers new residency programs in medical fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, urology, surgery, sports medicine, and OB/GYN. Being so close to the border region, the school has clinical affiliations with medical centers in Chihuahua, Mexico.
According to the Burrell College website, this provides students wanting experience south of the border elective experience which includes residency components and clerkships.
One of the main missions of the school, is to provide effective physician help to people living on the border and Hispanic and Native American people.
The curriculum at Burrell is very similar to the NMSU is set up. Students who attend the school participate in lectures, labs, team based learning, and meeting in large and small group sessions. However, students are also exposed to clinical case presentations.
The variety of learning formats that are offered at the school helps to “promote application of knowledge, develop clinical skills, and stimulate critical thinking and problem solving skills” as stressed on the school’s fact sheet.
Students are expected to finish a student project prior to graduation that will be either published or presented.
The estimated tuition cost for the 2016 and 2017 Academic year at Burrell College is $46,650. There are opportunities with financial aid however.
Burrell College is an exciting new addition to the city of Las Cruces and to the campus life area. With student from around the state and country attending the new medical school, new possibilities for the city and region spring up. As mentioned in the mission for the school, “For the People and the Future”.