Legatus: Agreement brings new Catholic med school to life

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September 1, 2023
by Judy Roberts

In a day when abortion is seen by some as health care and gender dysphoria as something to celebrate rather than treat, plans to open a Catholic pro-life, pro-family medical school couldn’t be timelier.

The proposed St. Padre Pio Institute for the Relief of Suffering, School of Osteopathic Medicine was announced last year with the signing of a collaborative affiliation agreement between Catholic Healthcare International-USA and Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Acceptance of students is pending approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Kansas Board of Regents. 

Initially, it had been hoped that the new school could admit its first students by the fall of 2026, but that date has been moved to 2027 to provide more time to finalize details, funding, and infrastructure. Plans are to hire a dean by the spring of 2024 and to obtain approval as a candidate for accreditation by September 2025. READ MORE…