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Education Institutions To Collaborate For New Medical School

Four Indiana higher education institutions will collaborate to create a new health and medical school in Evansville next year.

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The new medical and health sciences center will be located in the Evansville metro area.

Four Indiana higher education institutions are working together to create a new health and medical school near Evansville. The collaborative health science and research school will combine a variety of programs and resources on one campus.

Administrators from the University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College and IU School of Medicine at Evansville are creating a new school that will offer a variety of health and medical programs in one location.

University of Evansville Dean Dr. Lynn Penland says, “All four institutions will be able to have some facilities that we probably would not be able to have on our own campus.

For example, the University of Southern Indiana will create graduate and research programs in health administration, occupational therapy and health informatics research. Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will relocate all of its existing health and science programs to the new campus.

Dr. Steven Becker is the Director and Associate Dean of Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville. He says that combining resources improves the quantity and quality of the technology that’s used by both students and partnering hospitals.

“Individually they could not build a major simulation center alone. By bringing the four universities and our four hospital partners together, we’re able to build a regional asset that can be utilized by the universities, hospitals as well as practicing healthcare providers,” he says.

Funding for the campus will come from a variety of sources including state and private dollars. Its location will be decided next year.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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