ST. CLOUD (WJON News) -- The CentraCare Board of Directors voted unanimously in support to build a medical school campus in St. Cloud.

The proposed medical school is a partnership between CentraCare and the University of Minnesota Medical School, with the purpose of training medical students to serve rural communities across the state.

Get our free mobile app

CentraCare President and CEO Ken Holmen says this partnership provides career development opportunities for the next generation of physicians.

The best solution to address the physician shortage in rural Minnesota is to train new physicians in the communities in which we want them to serve.

More than one third of rural providers plan to leave the workforce by 2027.

Specifics about the medical school expansion continue to be developed, but the plan calls for the campus to be open in 2025.

CentraCare says an estimated 24 students will be enrolled in the first class, with plans to enroll as many as 80 students as the program grows.

The vote comes on the heels of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting last week, where the Regents voted unanimously for the two organizations to develop and oversee a comprehensive rural health program.

 


 

READ RELATED ARTICLES

 

Pictures from the 2023 World Snow Sculpting Championships In Stillwater Minnesota

The World Snow Sculpting Championships were held recently in Stillwater where teams from as far away as Mexico and Columbia competed against each other for a share of the top prize, medals, and the title of World's Best when it comes to snow sculpting.

More From KROC-AM