Baptist Health is partnering with UAB to create a regional campus of the university's medical school in Montgomery.
The school is expected to enroll 10 third-year students beginning May 2014. It will enroll 10 third-year students and 10 fourth-year students in 2015. And in 2016 and the years after, 20 third-year students and 20 fourth-year students will be enrolled.
"This is the first time Montgomery has ever had this level of students. This is a huge step up," says Dr. Wick Many, who will serve as Dean of the Montgomery campus. "We will be addressing the need for more primary care physicians, and hopefully be re-populating this part of the state with new physicians."
The average age of physicians in the Montgomery area is 53 years old.
Baptist Health President and CEO Russ Tyner says bringing students and teachers in for this new school helps to keep the River Region out of the retirement wave.
"You'll have physicians who have been in private practice who enjoy teaching, and will train the next generation of physicians and you also have those young people who come in and learn from them in and around our community."
UAB School of Medicine has two other regional campuses already in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville.
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