HBCU in Maryland May Contribute to the Creation of a New Medical School

umes_logo1Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, has entered into a partnership with three educational institutions to explore the possibility of establishing a new medical school at the facility. The new medical school would be a satellite campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County but would incorporate the health education and research programs at Salisbury University and the historically Black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The medical center states that there is a severe shortage of physicians in the area and it hopes that physicians trained at the new medical school will practice in the surrounding communities.

Juliette B. Bell, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, stated that the university’s physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and pharmacy programs could migrate to the medical school.

Over the next several months the partnering institutions will study the feasibility of establishing the new medical school. If they decide to proceed, it would be several years before the new school would enroll its first students.

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