New Medical Schools

What Should I Know About New Medical Schools?

new medical schoolThe Health industry is one of the fastest growing industries, the demand is ever increasing. To meet this demand more public and private funds are being invested into establishing new medical schools, university’s and training clinics.

You may want to avoid the tough competition and extremely high tuition fees that you  face getting into Harvard or Stanford Medical School, John Hopkins University, UNC – Chapel Hill or UC – San Francisco and take another course.

Consider the new medical schools; schools that are being established to meet the demands for the present and future. The needs may be a niche related to research, geographic area, or other focus.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has recently looked at new medical schools in the USA and Canada because:

In July 2009, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges a grant to support a four-year study titled, “Learning from the Experience of a Consortium of New and Developing Medical Schools.” The aim of this study is to enhance our collective understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and experiences of the new medical schools being created at the beginning of the 21st century.3

Sixteen of the new medical schools listed in that report are USA schools; none were listed in Canada. Of those sixteen, seven are private, and nine are public. All sixteen list accreditation status; only one has reached a final status. Most schools status are preliminary, provisional, or simply pending full accreditation. Several are related to a parent university; six make that clear in their outline.

Being attached to a parent university is a great time, money, and legal paperwork saver. For example, in 2009, a new medical school was scheduled to open in Canada, but that program was apparently scrapped as the foundation was said to be too underfunded to meet that goal. The website references have been closed.

New Medical School Expansion

There is a growth in medical schools. From 1986 to 2005 none were accredited; only 124 existed at that time. Since October 2012, there has been a burst in growth to 141 medical schools. We all know about the aging Baby Boomer, but what else is going on to drive this growth? Let us look at what the study took under consideration:

The key questions the study explores include:
1. What unique opportunities are present for a new school versus an established school?
2. Given the many calls for medical education reform, what are the various methods being utilized to deliver a four-year curriculum?
3. Are there new models for clinical education?
4. Does an integrated approach of basic and clinical sciences improve medical decision-making and/or retention of basic science knowledge?
5. What are the best curricular methods to promote life?3

The extensive analysis of these pervious questions is covered in the appendix. Any person considering going to medical school would be wise to look over this exciting study. With Harvard tuition at about $50K a year, the potential cost savings from selecting a newer school is significant. The phrase medical education reform might well translate to a substantial savings of time and money. The faster you learn what you need to know and get into the field, the sooner you will be making an income.Mayo planning new medical school Scottsdale

 

A Valuable Table

What else is outstanding in this study, are statements by the new schools about each facility. This appears to be a bird’s eye view style of information from each school. There is a table that covers all 16 schools. The status, public or private, is listed, as well as free standing or a university setting. The accreditation status is explained at length as well as class size for up to three years. This bare bones outline might be a way of narrowing down the ones to explore at length.

New Medical School Outlooks

The following is listed for most of the 16 new schools:

• The mission, vision, and/or values of the new school.
• If appropriate, the relationship to a parent university
• Education Program
o Curriculum management and governance structure
• Support for the Educational Program
o Office of Education
o Financial Management and/or support
• Learning Outcomes
• Student assessmentnew medical school Cooper medical school Rowan University
o Clinical Education
• Student assessment
• Highlights of the Educational Program
• Faculty
o Recruitment
o Teaching Parameters
• Faculty Development
• Lessons Learned and Sources of Pride
o What has worked well
o What has worked less well
o Most proud of to date

 

Medical Universities and schools that  are in the process of  accreditation and are presently not accepting student applications.

 

State

School

City

Degree

Anticipated Inaugural Class

Arizona

Mayo Medical School-Arizona

Scottsdale

MD

2015 or 2016

California

University of California, Merced School of Medicine

Merced

MD

2013

California

California Northstate University College of Medicine

Elk Grove

MD

2013

Connecticut

Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

North Haven

MD

2013 or 2014

Florida

Palm Beach Medical College

Palm Beach

MD

Under Discussion

Michigan

Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Mount Pleasant

MD

2013

Michigan

Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Kalamazoo

MD

2014

Missouri

Missouri Southern State University KCUMB Partnership

Joplin

DO

2012

New Mexico

New Mexico State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Las Cruces

DO

Under Discussion

North Carolina

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Buies Creek

DO

2013

Oklahoma

OU – TU School of Community Medicine

Tulsa

MD

2014

Pennsylvania

Temple University School of Medicine at West Penn Allegheny Health System

Pittsburgh

MD

2013

Virginia

King College, School of Medicine

Abingdon

MD

2013 or 2014

Texas

University of Houston

Houston

MD

Under Discussion

Texas

University of Texas

Austin

MD

Under Discussion

 

Summary

A careful examination of this analysis will certainly help any prospective student obtain a clear idea of what each new medical school has to offer. Most of the new schools are trying hard to identify niches of either unfulfilled needs or new technological developments. Any student seeking new or unfulfilled needs, a faculty devoted to teaching 70+% of the time, and a welcoming atmosphere for cultural diversity would do will to follow these suggestions before choosing where they apply for acceptance into medical school. We hope with the ongoing demand for the services of qualified health professionals Health industry is one of the fastest growing industries, the demand ever increasing. To meet this demand more public and private funds are being invested new medical schools, university’s and training clinics.

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