Thought that people might find this newspaper clipping from the Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)interesting... Thursday, February 07, 2002 Osteopathic Medicine and Research School Will Open Next Year--Blacksburg to get medical college Its 58,000-square-foot building will be on 10 acres at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. By JEFF STURGEON THE ROANOKE TIMES Crews will break ground this month for a $20 million medical school in Blacksburg. In the past five weeks, the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine received state and national approval from relevant higher education groups and hired a former Virginia Tech vice provost, James Wolfe, as president. College executives have drafted the four-year curriculum, begun the process of hiring 140 full- and part-time faculty, and expect 150 students to begin classes in August 2003. The college could supply 150 new doctors in 2007, by which time the nation could face a serious physician shortage, said Dean Dixie Rawlins. The Edward Via College will focus on training doctors to work in rural parts of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. It will be the state's fourth medical school and its first focused on osteopathic medicine. There are 19 schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States. Preparations for the school, first announced last August, could not have gone better, Rawlins said. As soon as weather permits, the college plans a formal groundbreaking for its 58,000-square-foot, three-story building on 10 acres at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. The site has room for a second, identical building if needed. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes a whole-body approach to health care and healing. Osteopathic physicians employ all the tools of doctors and have equivalent training and licensing. Virginia has about 500 licensed osteopathic doctors. Students will do their internships and residencies off-site at area hospitals. The college also intends to perform medical research. The college will be paid for by the Harvey W. Peters Foundation, which operates a 14-year-old Parkinson's disease research laboratory at Virginia Tech funded by the late Roanoke philanthropist Marion Bradley Via. The school is named for her son, Edward Via, who with his brother, Peter, inherited the bulk of the fortune left by their mother when she died in 1993. In addition to supplying $20 million to launch the school, the foundation has placed almost $18 million in a reserve fund for the next four years to ensure the school's initial stability, Rawlins said.