The Whole Health Institute, a nonprofit founded by Alice Walton, has announced plans to bring a new medical school to NWA that centers around preparing students to "rise to the challenges" of modern science by incorporating elements of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health to help others live healthy lives.
The Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences (School of Medicine) plans to break ground on the state-of-the-art facility in Bentonville in 2022, hoping to enroll its inaugural class of students in fall 2024.
The curriculum will blend traditional and conventional medicine with integrative techniques and will include biomedical sciences, clinical training, medical entrepreneurship, research, and a capstone with Whole Health principles imbedded throughout. Graduates will receive a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
“Grounded in a focus on the whole person, physicians of the future will be better equipped to redesign professional care and to empower and support people,” said Founding Dean of the School of Medicine, Elly Xenakis, MD. -NWA Council