The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the United States will be short nearly 95,000 doctors within the next 10 years. That shortage is projected to be most acute in Southern states.
In response, private medical schools—even institutions hundreds of miles away—are looking into opening satellite locations on the campuses of public universities.
Barbara Ross-Lee is VP for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at New York Institute of Technology and founding dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. She says the partnership with Arkansas State University will send 115 new doctors into the field each year, most of whom are likely to remain in the South.