Oakland Univ. Set To Open Med School

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Friday, August 5, 2011

For the first time in four decades, a new medical school will be training doctors in Michigan: the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Scheduled to open Monday, Michigan's first privately funded medical school is expected to give the region an economic boost as it launches the first of three new medical schools in the state.

The new schools precede a looming physician shortage as aging baby boomers and health care reform are expected to dramatically spike demands for care.

But many agree that the new facilities are not enough to address the physician shortage in Michigan, which is projected to be more severe than the rest of the nation by 2020.

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