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How New Medical School Will Convince More Students To Enter Primary Care

As the health care system is preparing for more patients in need of primary care physicians, medical schools are rising to meet the challenge. Netter Medical School at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is opening in the fall, one of 16 new medical schools that focus on a primary care curriculum. According to Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Netter Medical School, the curriculum will prepare students to pursue any specialty but will also emphasize primary care through community involvement and mentorship with faculty members. Dr. Koeppen’s goal is to have 50 percent of graduates pursue careers in primary care; the university is working to develop a fellowship program that forgives medical school tuition if the student goes into primary care.