New medical school coming to Utah County in 2021

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2017 11:09 a.m.

    Bummed out that some beautiful green space will be plowed over for more cement and buildings. The East Bay golf course will be sliced, diced and then doomed forever. Oh well. I hope this is a real medical school and not some for-profit nightmare. And I hope that Provo has a plan for golf, some of us like the sport and in a city of 100K plus residents, having a viable golf course is needed.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 8:43 p.m.

    Great news and many thanks to the generosity of the Noords for putting up $50 million (of their own money) to make this happen.

    Anyone who says there is not currently or a growing need for more physicians is not living in the real world. We need more doctors!

    Since the U of U has not expanded it program, and will not expand it to add 150-175 slots, this is a great alternative solution. Of course, there is the rivalry between the MD and DO worlds but in reality a DO will do just as much for you as most MDs.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 8:24 p.m.

    A for-profit osteopathic school would be more accurate than the headline of "a new medical school." It's not a good recipe for improving the quality of care.

    Physicians are more likely to practice in the area where they received their residencies after graduation rather then where they received their MD, or in this case DO. The U's medical school could increase their class size or better yet, their residency programs if more doctors for Utah in the goal.

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 7:34 p.m.

    As a physician who trained outside the state, but has returned to practice, I strongly believe this is a bad idea.
    I support expanding the UofU medical school which is a quality product, not simply interested in existing for its own sake nor simply to make money. This proposed medical school will not only deprive the students of a quality education due to lack of resources, it will cost too much and thereby funnel students, whether intentionally or not into higher paying subspecialties of which the Wasatch Front has plenty. In fact, we have plenty of primary care physicians on the WF.

    To get more students to the rural areas we need to recruit the best students from those areas and then ensure their debt allows them to return home to practice.

    Lots of concerns with this announcement: training, facilities, clerkships, cost, and number of students.....

    I think those interested in this are likely either in it for money or prestige.

    I would guess that the UMA will chime in on this eventually, and hopefully so will the legislature.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 7:19 p.m.

    I wonder who decided we have a shortage? I agree that it can be difficult to get an appointment to see a doctor. I wonder, however, if the long wait for appointments could in part be due to the incredible increase in paper work that doctors are now required to perform as per Obamacare.

    This is likely an opportunistic venture among a select few. Will it benefit the average citizen? Will it benefit the medical students?

    How much will a private medical school cost? If we have such a high need for additional doctors, why isn't IHC recruiting more docs? Why isn't the U of U increasing class sizes? Why isn't the Legislature adding on to the U of U medical school.

    Is there great risk that this DO school will fold?

    Surely there are studies that have already explored, and possibly answered these questions. I would be interested to read those studies.

  • You know it Layton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 5:39 p.m.

    Not a fan of this announcement.

    I agree with the first two comments. In reality, we don't have a shortage of physicians in Utah....in fact we have a surplus compared to most places in the US.

    Not only is there not a need, the training is not setup to be excellent, and it will likely take several years to get there, so we'll be pumping out less experienced physicians.

    I'm shaking my head at this one. A quality product with a small class size, affiliated with a University and a larger hospital would be welcome. We need quality NOW, not later and not before we pump out more docs than our community needs.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 4:23 p.m.

    Good comments in the real world of medical truth in lending. The fine print of experience is great. The University of Utah is a great platform for students with the various hospitals that are in the area.

  • 1hemlock Tooele, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2017 4:20 p.m.

    Only 56% of DO school graduates went into primary care (check the American Osteopathic Medicine site).
    So IF this new school “graduates” 150 a year and IF they stay (doubtful as they will need to find “training “ for the final two years and Utah is a mostly MD state) they will give us 84 primary Care “physicians” a year!??
    These “graduates” will want to stay in the big cities in Utah where they came from (or for sure where their wives are from) and won’t end up where they are needed.
    The purveyors of this new school will be preying upon mostly UVU and BYU grads. There will be many broke, half educated, DO medical students out there in a few years.
    Irresponsible. Opportunistic. Unfortunate

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    There is good news...and bad news.

    First the bad news: The school is not affiliated with UVU or BYU.

    Now, the good news: The school is not affiliated with UVU or BYU! Hopefully, this means they can bypass much of the academic politics of things like affirmative action and international student counts. Real Utahns who have earned the right to attend.

    And they miss the politics like the Vivian Lee kerfuffle at the U.

    To succeed they will need to show that they haven't gone overboard on holistic practices and can quickly earn the respect of IHC.

    Good luck! We need more doctors.

  • doctorguber salt lake, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 2:44 p.m.

    I agree with the above comment. The way to keep physicians here additionally includes having residency spots for them to go into. The only residencies I’m aware of are associated with the U and they will likely be partial to their own students. We will have 2 new medical schools now without 3rd and 4th year rotations, so they will end up going out of state for their audition rotations also. While these schools make money in the first two years, the school will then rely on the good will of doctors throughout utah to train them for the 3rd & 4th year for basically free.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    Nov. 21, 2017 2:18 p.m.

    I would be optimistic and supportive of such a venture if certain conditions are met. Currently Rocky Vista in Colorado and it's sister campus in St. George provides only education to students for the first two years.
    When the students need to have clinical training the students are left on their own to find such opportunities. I know what I am talking about because I provide training to their students. The students pay well over $20,000 to the school for the third and fourth year of training and the students are scrambling to find places to train in Obstetrics, Ear,Nose, and Throat, Emergency Rooms, Internal Medicine, General Practice, etc. A responsible Medical School would provide training in the last two years and have such training secured before even building the facility. I doubt this will happen and the new school will also fall into the category of only doing half of their job and charge full price. It is a shame to see how these students are treated! If I were considering an application to this school or the others I would check into the final two years of training and costs of traveling all over the country to find a clinical rotation.