About Costin

Program Participants | Program Site | Board of Advisors

Dr. CostinThe Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators is an academic program specifically designed for Osteopathic Medical personnel currently involved in teaching, academic management as well as those aspiring to a career in medical academe.

The Costin Institute was established at Midwestern University in 2003 through endowed contribution from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. It is named in honor of J. Richard Costin, D.O., one of the osteopathic profession’s leading surgeons and teachers of general surgery. Dr. Costin is a 1949 graduate of Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM). Dr. Costin served as chairman of the board of CCOM and participated in the transition of a single college into a full university with five colleges. Dr. Costin passed away on August 9, 2014.


The Mission of the Costin Institute at Midwestern University is to train physicians and medical educators to become more effective teachers.

Program Participants

Ideally each cohort includes 15 to 18 participants drawn from two specific populations:

  1. Academic and Clinical Faculty
    • Chief Academic Officers / Directors of Medical Education
    • Academic Administration (Deans, Department Chairs)
    • Residency Program Directors
    • Pre and Post Doctoral faculty
  2. Those who aspire to a career as an academic administrator or teacher.

Program Site

We meet three times per year on Midwestern University’s Illinois campus in Downers Grove and once per year on Midwestern University’s Arizona campus in Glendale.

Board of Advisors

We are privileged to have the following leaders, teachers and clinical professionals serving on our board of advisors.

Paula Crone, D.O.

Tyler Cymet, D. O.

Bruce Dubin, D.O., J.D.

Kimberly Huntington – Alfano, D.O.

Michelle Langaker, D.O.

Steve M. Scheinthal, D.O.

Bradford Smith, D.D.S.

James Swartwout, D. O.

Michele Tartaglia, D.O.