Mission & Values

Our Mission

The mission of Baptist Health Sciences University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (BUCOM) is to provide an exemplary model of education that prepares physicians who integrate the art and science of healing with their faith, calling, and pursuit of excellence.

BUCOM will prepare future physicians and scientists who are committed to improving the health of the diverse populations in the Mid-South region of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi with a special emphasis on primary care in underserved urban and rural areas. To advance this mission, BUCOM will develop clinically skilled, compassionate, and culturally competent physicians from diverse backgrounds who are grounded in osteopathic philosophy and practices, and who are ready to meet future health care workforce needs. BUCOM will advance research, innovation, and discovery to improve health, and solve current and future medical challenges.

Our Vision

The Vision of BUCOM is to be distinguished regionally, nationally, and globally for excellence and innovation in osteopathic medical health education, which prepares graduates to transform health care through exceptional patient-centered care. 

Shared Values

BUCOM shares the values of our larger learning community at Baptist Health Sciences University such as integrity, professionalism, continuous improvement, and service as an expression of our Christian values. We foster a Christian environment where servant leadership is modeled in all aspects of learning, teaching, service, and business.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At BHSU we are a family. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our students, instructors, and administrators invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but also our reputation and the University’s achievement. The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, along with Baptist Health Sciences University, is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, reflective of our faith-based mission and where students, faculty, and staff can serve, lead and learn without concerns of discrimination. Faculty, staff, and student development will provide ongoing opportunities to facilitate continued progress toward our goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace as well as positively affecting urban and rural communities. The College of Osteopathic Medicine also recognizes Baptist Memorial Health Care’s values of compassionate care and service; teamwork and trust; innovation and excellence; and respect for the individual and the value of diversity.

God's Blessings

An intelligent mind acquired knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15