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On Friday, Aug. 22, Liberty University unveiled its new Center for Medical and Health Sciences, hosting a ceremony in its courtyard attended by some of the area’s top influencers in government and public welfare.
The 162-member inaugural class of the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) joined Liberty staff, faculty, and community leaders in celebrating the new building and the launch of the new medical school. Classes began on Monday, Aug. 4.
The 144,000-square-foot, four-story facility is equipped with two auditoriums, 16 small group study classrooms, 12 conference rooms, and 15,000 square feet dedicated toward its anatomy, clinical medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) laboratories. Each lab is built to accommodate live, broadcast-ready video feeds and 3-D video content for students to interact with on the floor.
“I look forward to the day that my own medical care will come from doctors trained right here,” President Jerry Falwell told the crowd. He then joked, “I am 52, so I am hopeful that my health will remain solid until you students have some experience under your belts.”
Ronnie B. Martin, D.O., FACOFP-dist, dean of LUCOM, challenged those in attendance by reminding them that the students and faculty, not the building, will give the building its true value.
“This magnificent structure behind me, alone, will not improve public health, expand access to healthcare, or promote wellness,” Martin warned. “Its strength and its stability will not be measured by the tensile strength of concrete and steel, but rather by the commitment of the hearts, the minds, and the hands of those here today and those that will follow.”
President Falwell also attested to the dean’s high emphasis on teaching medical students to display Christ-embodying character, saying, “In the short time that I have known Dr. Martin, I have watched him practice what he preached.”
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