Midwestern University, which operates osteopathic medical schools in Arizona and Illinois, has announced plans to expand its Glendale, Ariz., campus and increase its medical school class size from 150 students to around 250 over the next several years.
Midwestern President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Goeppinger said the expansion was made possible after the state Legislature opened up internship and residency slots that were previously available only to University of Arizona medical students.
Previously, state officials would note that Phoenix is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. without a medical school and expressed concern about a doctor shortage in the state. Midwestern's Arizona campus is located about 15 miles from Phoenix, and the University of Arizona -- which has an existing medical school in Tucson, is developing a medical school in downtown Phoenix, which will start with a class size of about 24 students in July 2007 and will eventually increase class size up to 150.
"I'm trying hard to get the message across that we all need to collaborate and not let it be just a state-school problem or a private-school problem," Goeppinger said of a state's physician shortage. "We are trying to increase the number (of physicians) in the state of Arizona and the Western states in general."
Midwestern University also operates osteopathic and pharmacy schools in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill. The expansion of its Arizona campus will cost around $20 million and may include clinical psychiatry and dentistry programs. Midwestern's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1900. Its Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1995.