A-State, NYIT Prepare for October Summit on Proposed Medical School

A-State, NYIT Prepare for October Summit on Proposed Medical School

Officials with the proposed New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro have set a graduate medical education summit for October. 

The GME Summit, scheduled Oct. 16, will bring together state and national healthcare leaders, hospital executives and practicing physicians. 

“We look forward to hosting the GME Summit on campus and facilitating discussions on the critical need for expanded medical training opportunities,” Tim Hudson, A-State’s chancellor, said in a news release. “This is an important national issue with significant local implications for our health care community and the proposed medical school.”

The summit comes sandwiched between two presentations to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation in Chicago. School representatives at the Sept. 6 presenation included Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, NYITCOM dean, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, vice president of health sciences and medical affairs for NYIT, Dr. Abraham Jeger, associate dean of clinical education, Dr. David Broder, associate dean of postgraduate education, Chuck Welch, ASU System president and Jason Penry, vice chancellor for university advancement at A-State, among others.

The group will return Dec. 6 to give follow-up information.

“We look forward to continuing our preparation for the next visit with the COCA commissioners in December,” Ross-Lee said in the release.

NYIT was granted a certification July 25 by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board for an additional osteopathic medical school site on the A-State campus. To obtain certification for three degrees — doctor of osteopathic medicine, master of science in medical/health care simulation and master of science in neuromusculoskeletal sciences — is contingent upon NYIT receiving regional and national accreditation.

The medical school has a target open date of August 2016. It has a projected startup cost of $10 million. NYIT will invest $6 million for startup operating funds and faculty in the first three years, and A-State will invest $4 million to renovate and furnish Wilson Hall.

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