Community, Elected Officials Celebrate Proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine at Groundbreaking Ceremony

CEO: Community support for proposed medical school has been great

Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine proposed at the groundbreaking ceremony

Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine proposed at the groundbreaking ceremony

HAGERSTOWN, Md., Oct. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Elected officials including Gov. Celebrated an impressive milestone for Stown’s proposed medical school. Groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s 200,000-square-foot academic medical building.

Meritus Health officials, including President and CEO Dr. Maurik Josi, reminded attendees at the ceremony why a four-year osteopathic medical school is needed.

“There aren’t enough doctors in this country, Maryland, or our area,” said Joshi. “Maryland has the lowest number of medical students per population in the nation. Our proposed medical school will prepare future generations of professionally accomplished, socially responsible, community-minded physicians. will help reduce this gap.

Governor Hogan praised Joshi’s leadership and vision to create regional solutions to thorny gaps.

“We know there is an urgent need to hire and train more doctors in the future, especially in rural communities, due to the toll the pandemic has taken on our healthcare workforce. Today, Meritus is answering that call again,” said Governor Hogan.


Located on the existing Meritus Health campus just off Robinwood Drive, the future academic building will have five floors and will house a conference center, auditorium, library, simulation center, virtual and gross anatomy labs, and osteopathic manipulative medicine research. It has a room.

“The building supports an innovative curriculum developed by Dean Dr. Paula Gregory and provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and learning facilities,” said Joshi. “But it’s more than a building, it’s a commitment to our community that we care about the future of health.”

seek certification

The construction of academic buildings is an important step in the accreditation process.

In early July, Meritus announced plans to formalize the accreditation and licensing process to open a medical school in Hagerstown. Meritus strictly follows the guidelines and processes outlined by the Osteopathic College Accreditation Commission (COCA) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

COCA requires that a proposed school have a dean three years before it welcomes its first class of students. Dr. Gregory was hired in June to help Meritus pursue accreditation and serve as the proposed school’s first dean.

According to Joshi, the next requirement, clinical partnership building, has started and has had strong support across the region.

“We continue to seek strong partners in the region who are excited to hear about the proposed medical school. They look forward to working with us to support the education of these students through their clinical rotation,” he said.

Other requirements include academic buildings, curriculum development, policies and procedures, and hiring of faculty and staff. Following that timeline, the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine could welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025.

“It is an honor for Meritus to be able to bring such an outstanding facility to our community, and we appreciate the support and support of our state and community. It’s a game changer for us,” said Joshi.

economic impact

An independent economic impact study conducted by Tripp Umbach shows that the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine will have a substantial economic impact on the region.

From 2023 to 2026, the capital impact is estimated at $268 million, creating 1,595 jobs and generating an estimated $6.2 million in tax revenue.

With an estimated $500 million economic impact between 2025 and 2030 once schools open their first class, more than $120 million annual impact on Maryland’s GDP each year after 2030. Expected.

“We know health, education, and the economy are all connected. Improving our local economy also improves the health and wellness of our neighbors.” We are excited to have a project that will improve and enhance so many important factors related to quality of life.”

For more information on the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medical, please visit


CONTACT: Michelle Lovelace Meritus Health 301-730-8865

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