Quinnipiac University in Hamden has announced plans to open a medical school. It will become the third medical school in the state. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
It will take several years, but Quinnipiac University president John Lahey says two important assets make a new medical school possible:
"First of all, we have a nationally recognized school of Health Sciences. So while a medical school is certainly a giant step forward, we’re quite familiar with health and medical education. The second asset we have is, just a few years ago we acquired a 103 acre campus with 570,000 square feet of space from Anthem Blue Cross and Shield here in North Haven."
And though it’ll cost about $40 million to turn one of the buildings on the North Haven campus into a medical school, that’s a lot less than the nearly $200 million it would cost to start from scratch, according to Lahey. The university will probably have to subsidize the program for its first 6 or 7 years. But he says Quinnipiac can afford the estimated $75 million investment.
The new Medical School will emphasize primary care, both in the US and globally. Quinnipiac expects to enroll its first class in 2013 or 14.
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