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Plan Approved to Expand Medical Schools

Posted March 7, 2008

— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Friday approved a plan to educate more doctors to meet the needs of the state's growing population.

Under the plan, UNC would create new medical schools in Charlotte and Ashville and would renovate and update other facilities over the next 10 years.

Starting in the fall of 2009, both the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University will admit more first-year medical students to feed a predicted deficit in primary-care physicians.

According to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the shortage is of particular concern in North Carolina, where the population is expected to grow 52 percent by 2030.


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  • ridgerunner Mar 7, 2008

    Will this mean we may have more doctors that are not from some foreign country and can not speak english well enough to communicate with the patients?

  • swimfreak19 Mar 7, 2008

    I wonder how many will actually end up staying in NC once they're done with their training.

  • S82R Mar 7, 2008

    Speaking of fertilizer- what about Vet Schools? NCSU is one of only 30 in the entire country, making Vet School much more difficult to get into than medical school. There is a nationwide shortage of vets, particularly the large animal vets that help ensure the safety of our food supply!

  • colliedave Mar 7, 2008

    Why not Wake Tech? They could have a med school to go along with their new sports program.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Mar 7, 2008

    Oh, there is enough "fertilizer" around to make them grow.

  • enoughsenough Mar 7, 2008

    They better find seeds to grow these schools because we sure don't have the money to fund it.

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  • whatelseisnew Mar 7, 2008

    I thought we had a drought. Where will the water come from to grow all these schools?