Campbell University has been granted $2 million from both the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Golden LEAF Foundation for the School of Osteopathic Medicine. These are the largest foundation gifts in the University’s 125-year history. The money will be used for the medical school’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, anatomy labs and clinical examination area, all of which will bear the name of the funders.
“We’re in a time when our nation is facing a severe physician shortage, and many in North Carolina currently lack access to prenatal care or must drive considerable distances for primary care. We’re so thankful for the generosity of our donors … we look forward to multiplying these generous gifts and giving back to the world” said Dr. John Kauffman, founding dean of the medical school.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the physician supply in the U.S. will increase by just 7 percent in the next 10 years, while one-third of practicing physicians are expected to retire. In that same span, the number of Americans 65 and older is projected to grow by 36 percent.
Campbell University’s medical school will eventually graduate about 150 students a year, many of whom will practice in rural and underserved regions of the state. According to Kauffman, the simulation lab made possible by these grants will include the latest in hi-tech robotics and will help train students to deliver babies and resuscitate sick children and adults in an ICU or ER setting.
Pully, an alumnus of Campbell Law School, said North Carolina has relied on out-of-state recruiting to fill its need for physicians, despite already having quality medical schools.
“We’ve been unable to increase enrollment to meet the demands of North Carolina’s population, which has doubled in the last 20 years,” he said. “Campbell University’s medical school is badly needed and is welcome news to health care leaders all over the state.”