TCOM announces the creation of the Dr. John Bowling Scholarship

By Steven Bartolotta 

Dr John Bowling Rome

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) announced the creation of the Dr. John Bowling Scholarship, which honors the legacy of one of the greatest advocates for rural communities.

The announcement coincided with National Rural Health Day. The scholarship will assist students who are part of TCOM’s Rural Osteopathic Medicine Program (ROME).

The founder of TCOM’s nationally recognized ROME program, Dr. Bowling took meticulous steps in developing the rural training of osteopathic students. He worked with rural family medicine physicians across the state to create a network of teaching sites that provide students front-line training and experience.

During his 28 years at TCOM, Dr. Bowling transformed how the medical school trained students to deliver health care in rural and underserved populations. People in rural communities across Texas live healthier, fuller lives under the care of talented TCOM rural medicine graduates.

After 18 years of practicing family medicine and obstetrics in rural Ohio, Dr. Bowling joined TCOM’s Department of Family Medicine in 1988 with the mission of developing a rural family medicine track. In 2006, he oversaw the creation of the Rural Scholars Program, an innovative four-year curriculum designed to better prepare students for rural practice.

The fruits of his labor are paying off. Data from 2010-2019 analyzed by Ana Adams, a TCOM four-year ROME student, showed that 41.86% of ROME graduates are practicing in cities with populations less than 50,000. That figure increased to 63% in cities with less than 100,000 people and 61.36% are in a “Medically Underserved Area.”

There is still much work to be done in rural communities, but the efforts by Dr. Bowling and so many are making rural communities better.

If you would like to make a gift to the Bowling Scholarship, please go to www.unthsc.edu/BowlingScholarship.

Recent News

Pediatric Mobile Clinic
  • Community
|Jun 29, 2022

Pediatric Mobile Clinic bridges gap in care during summer

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is known for being one of the only mobile clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that specializes in pediatrics. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic was active at community centers, churches and th...
Hsc Students And Staff In Regional Simulation Center
  • Education
|Jun 23, 2022

HSC opens Regional Simulation Center with fully immersive VR rooms

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth made history on Thursday with the opening of the first immersive virtual reality simulation center in Texas. A ribbon-cutting ceremony — featuring Dr. Michael R. Williams, chancellor of the UNT System and HSC president, as well a...
Ruth Roman
  • Our People
|Jun 22, 2022

Former federal employee hired as new EVP and COO at HSC

To say Ruth Roman has been at the center of high-level decisions would be an understatement. In her role as the executive officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, her leadership produced positive outcomes that have rippled across the world, including orchestrating Phase II of the...
Anna Galvin
  • Education
|Jun 21, 2022

Texas nurse follows her heart to public health, where doctoral degree leads to top-ranking postgrad fellowship

Graduating Ph.D. student Anna Galvin, MSN, RN, would like more nurses to know how great a fit public health is to their profession. “If I could convince more nurses to build their public health background and perspective, I would. Nursing and public health are a perfect combination,” Galvin ...