"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another Medical School for Maryland

The University of Maryland - Baltimore, Salisbury State University, the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore are coming together with Peninsula Regional Medical Center to form a third medical school in Maryland.  It's about time because hospitals and health systems across Maryland, primarily in the more rural areas, struggle daily with physician recruitment with little help from the existing medical schools in Maryland.  Residents coming out of training in Maryland either remain in the central Maryland region or move out of state.  The last resident from a Maryland program whom we were able to recruit to WMHS was over a dozen years ago; we have far greater success with WVU. 

This initiative to build another medical school in Maryland was explored with the leadership at the University of Maryland - Baltimore and WMHS this past summer; however, the Eastern Shore initiative was already in the planning stages.  Personally, I think this is great news.  It's not only another source to recruit physicians from, but the concept has great potential.  Dr. Perman, the President of UMB,started a similar initiative in rural Kentucky when he was dean of the University of Kentucky's medical school and he is attempting to model that concept in Maryland. 

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