Raleigh, N.C. — House lawmakers backed off a proposal Monday night that would have required UNC Hospitals to set aside 25 percent of clinical rotation spots for students from the state’s other allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has the state’s largest medical school, but Duke University, Wake Forest University and East Carolina University also have medical programs, and Campbell University has a School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, ran an amendment to remove the 25 percent requirement, saying UNC had expressed concerns about credentialing. The amendment passed unanimously,
The remaining section of Senate Bill 85 simply affirms that UNC shouldn’t interfere or restrict the ability of students from the other schools to secure clinical placements.
“It just recognizes that our state is blessed to have five medical schools,” Lewis said. “One of those schools is much larger and more dominant than the other four. It merely says those other four will have a shot at getting those clinical rotations.
“It in no way interferes with any existing agreement that any school has with any medical institution,” he added.
The bill passed the House 115-1 and now returns to the Senate for concurrence.