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“Osteopathic medicine came out of the Civil War,” says Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel. “MSU had the nation’s sixth college of osteopathic medicine and really began the explosion of osteopathic medicine colleges in the country, of which there are now 31.”

Strampel shares his views with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Strampel says MSU has always believed in community-immersed education.

“We train with 41 different hospital partners around the state,” says Strampel. “We’re spread out, and we train great students across Michigan.”

The College has just opened a new geriatric program in Detroit.

“Just like pediatrics is not taking care of small adults, geriatrics is a different kind of medicine than taking care of somebody who’s 40 or 50,” says Strampel.

Simon, Hollis and Strampel talk about the difference in philosophies between M.D.’s and D.O.’s. and discuss the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m a fan of certain elements of the act,” says Strampel. “I don’t think they need to repeal it. They need to go through it with a Marks-A-Lot and take out everything that has nothing to do with health care.

“There are some great things in it. Having everyone in the country get access to basic health care is a good thing.”

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