2011-06-16 / Local & State

New Medical School Coming To Pittsburgh

By Kevin Begos

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A new four-year medical school campus is coming to Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Temple University School of Medicine and West Penn Allegheny Health System announced the project Friday and said that 30 students will be accepted in the first class, scheduled to begin in 2013.

Classes will be held at existing buildings on Pittsburgh’s North Side near Allegheny General Hospital, Temple and the PAHS said. The hospital will also provide the primary clinical education environment, to keep the costs of establishing the new campus to a minimum. Renovations will be done to accommodate the school, including construction of state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, investment in advanced training technology and refurbishing of some common student areas.

The school is expected to help the critical shortage of physicians in Western Pennsylvania by educating and retaining doctors to serve the local community.

The new campus will provide classroom education to first- and second-year undergraduate medical school students, in addition to clinical training during the third and fourth years.

Health care professionals are concerned because more than half of Pennsylvania physicians are older than 50, but less than 8 percent are younger than 35. Only 31 percent of medical students currently studying in Pittsburgh are Pennsylvania residents; fewer than 10 percent are from Western Pennsylvania.

And overall, just 35 percent of physicians who graduated from Pennsylvania medical schools practice in Pennsylvania.

Temple University School of Medicine receives about 1,000 applications from prospective students residing in Western Pennsylvania annually. Temple will manage the application process for the new Pittsburgh campus.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is the largest and oldest program in the Western Pennsylvania.

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