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MU medical school seeks to establish Springfield campus

April 06, 2012|by Chad Plein, KY3 News | cplein@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --   Mizzou wants to expand its medical school by partnering with both Mercy and Cox in Springfield.

This is in the planning phase but the hope is this partnership will help bring more doctors to rural areas of southwest Missouri.

A recent study says 90% of Missouri counties lack adequate access to physicians with Webster County being among most needy.

In a nutshell, Mizzou medical students will come to Springfield and do their residency with either Mercy or Cox.  In 10-years, 51-medical students and 27-physicians will be in place in southwest Missouri.

MU says the Springfield "campus" would offer significant economic benefits to the state, create thousands of new jobs and expand medical care in rural counties.

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The MU medical school now admits just 96 new students each year out of 1,500 applicants.  That makes its enrollment about half those of such institutions such as the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the medical school at Saint Louis University.
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Edited news release from MU School of Medicine:

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