A decade after founding our University, during the 70’s, several internal and external proposals were made for the opening of a medical school at the University. These proposals were prompted by an increasing flow of students to Caribbean and international medical schools in pursuit of a medical education.
The University, however, under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Rafael Abinader, always felt that if a decision is made to open a medical school, such a school must provide the best medical education possible, with emphasis on global health, excelling in medical research and community engagement and therefore constituting a source of pride to its students, to the country and to the region.
The decision to create a new medical school was made during the first year of the first decade of the 21st century. In 2002, the University forged in earnest an alliance with one of the most distinguished medical schools in the world, the Harvard Medical School, through its international arm, Harvard Medical International.
After years of unrelenting hard work and preparation, physicians trained both at Harvard University and in workshops in the Dominican Republic, and a process of design of an advance curriculum and the special facilities needed for it implementation executed by specialized professionals, the new school has welcomed its first class of medical students in 2013.
Universidad Dominicana O&M is celebrating its 47th Anniversary. We have declared as part of the vision of our institution to be: “A great project for a great country.” This is to emphasize that we consider our institution and ourselves in a continuing process of innovation and improvement toward attaining excellence in performance in all our process and services in the educational field, in research and in the outreach to the community. Our new Medical School, O&MED is an integral part of this vision.
This achievement has been the result of hard teamwork of dedicated people, academic, administrative and support personnel at our University, all with a firm commitment and belief in our school mission. We extend our gratitude to the team that was part of the agreement with PHMI: Dr. Robert Crone, Dr. Andrew Jeon, Dr. Tom Aretz, Architect Judith Mitchell, Dr. Constance Bowe and Dr. Lynn Eckert. To doctor Melvin Clouse for his interest in the success of the project and doctor Shaw J. Dallal for his loyalty and wise advice during all the stages of this project. We thank our Faculty Executive team under the guidance of our first dean, Dr. Alan Retik, who with sapient leadership and jointly with our director, Dr. Eddy Perez-Then, have guided and facilitated this opening. We extend our gratitude and recognition to all.
We now look forward to a great first class of medical students, who will inspire us in each step of their medical education, as we continue to improve this magnificent and unique educational institution.
Jose Abinader Corona