Progress continues in plans with new medical school

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POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9:19am

It's a process which will take some time, but if all goes as planned the new medical school is expected to be built by 2014 and although it may be until 2018 until the school receives full accreditation, currently the search is on for the school's new dean.

Francisco González-Scarano, MD and Dean of University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio says, "We need to have a founding dean in place by the end of 2013 so we can begin this process."

This would mean the new dean would have to put everything into place in order for the new medical school to be up and running.

This is all possible thanks to a new bill which will create the new unified university with UTPA and UT Brownsville in addition to the medical school, in turn this would create a huge economical impact in the valley.

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen is President at UTPA and he says, "This permanent university fund is about 12-billion dollars and it pays out at 4.25%, which is a lot of money, finally now we will have a new medical school."

This is important because our area is medically under served and it's new creation will help to prosper the valley.

Meanwhile, for those considering medical school this could give them an extra option in terms of higher education and for those already planning to attend this would mean they wouldn't have to leave the valley.

According to school directors the plan is to admit 15 students for fall of 2014 and then gradually increase that number.

After the medical school has received full accreditation it is expected to be operating in full force out of the valley.

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