Marian University was founded in 1937 and welcomes students of all backgrounds who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan Sponsorship Values, informed by prayer: dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. The roots of the institution trace back to St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th-Century Italian saint who had a profound impact on the Catholic faith.
Similar to most hospitals, the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences has a chapel, allowing our osteopathic medical students to grow spiritually throughout their educational careers. The chapel is a peaceful place for reflection and spiritual growth for all members of the Marian University and MU-COM community.
As a part of your training, you will be taught about spirituality in medicine, multicultural sensitivity, understanding the role of family systems in making treatment plans, as well as many other competencies. During your training you will learn how to be sensitive and respectful to the beliefs of patients, but not sway from your own moral, ethical, or spiritual beliefs in a way that respects and honor the dignity of each individual. This training will prove beneficial to MU-COM students and residents who continue their training in Catholic or other faith-based hospitals.
Francis and Clare Physician Vocation Program
In the fall of 2016, the Francis and Clare Vocation Program (FCVP), for prospective doctors of osteopathic medicine began. The FCVP is a four-year co-curricular vocation and formation experience within the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program has been developed after consultation with and review by numerous leaders from medical, universities, persons with ordained and religious backgrounds. It is designed as a cohort program and will require an application in order to participate.
In the Franciscan tradition, education is an essential component to formation and holds the primary place of prominence. The formation activities include readings and discussions from Franciscan, spiritual and medical sources, prayer, retreats, hospitality and fellowship, spiritual direction, and collaborations in clinical settings. The FCVP builds upon a progression of physician vocational formation within four years, paying careful attention to the ebb and flow of our challenging osteopathic curriculum and clinical practice.