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Plan Approved to Expand Medical Schools

Posted March 7, 2008 2:20 p.m. EST
Updated March 7, 2008 9:36 p.m. EST

— 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.