On October 3 the stateÂ’s Board of Education unanimously approved QuinnipiacÂ’s medical degree program. Said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement following the vote, Â“The state Board of EducationÂ’s vote today is a great step forward for Quinnipiac University as it moves towards the creation of a medical school that will be at the forefront of addressing the there need for more primary-care physicians.
Photo: Quinnipiac University's medical school dean Dr. Bruce Koeppen.
In addition, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has awarded the Netter school preliminary accreditation.
“Adding a medical school to Quinnipiac’s existing schools of law, health sciences, nursing, communications, education, business and engineering and College of Arts and Sciences will continue Quinnipiac's transformation into a major national university,” said QU President John L. Lahey in a statement. “When the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine enrolls its first medical students in the fall of 2013, Quinnipiac will join fewer than 100 universities in America that have both law and medical schools.”
Added founding medical school Dean Bruce Koeppen, MD: “Receiving preliminary accreditation from the LCME and approval by the state Board of Education are important milestones in the development of the School of Medicine. These actions are a testament to the efforts of many individuals who have worked tirelessly to build the school. More important, applicants to our school can be assured that they will receive a high quality medical education that will prepare them for the contemporary practice of medicine."
The Netter school will be Connecticut’s third institution — along with the University of Connecticut and Yale University — to confer MD degrees. The inaugural class will include 60 students, a figure that is expected to grow to 125 students per class by 2017.
The QU med school will be housed on Quinnipiac’s North Haven campus, the site formerly occupied by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut.
The school’s primary clinical partner will be St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. It will also have affiliations with MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.