Developing a Medical School Partnership

An Overview of Key Issues and Peer Recommendations

Topics: University Systems and Governance, Third Party Partnerships, Administration and Finance

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Research Questions

  • What are the key issues to consider before partnering with a regional hospital to establish a medical school?
  • What do other institutions recommend with respect to establishing such a partnership?
  • What are the funding mechanisms similar universities have used for operating costs and capital investments?


In June 2006, in response to growing concerns of a future physician shortage, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommended a 30 percent increase in medical school enrollment by 2015. To achieve this, the AAMC called on medical schools to increase enrollment and encouraged the creation of new medical schools, where appropriate. This report provides a landscape overview of trends in medical school establishment and expansion. Additionally, it highlights key insights and planning considerations for the creation of a medical school.

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