"The school will help reverse the exodus of talent in Michigan," Oakland University President Gary Russi said in a statement.
Michiganders hope they can keep future doctors in their state, as two more medical schools will open within three years. Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant plans to open a medical school in 2013. Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo plans on opening a medical school in 2014 and last month announced they had received an anonymous $100 million cash gift to help with effort. The opening of Oakland's school gives Michigan five medical schools in the state.
Oakland expects its classes to grow by 25 students annually, capping off at 125 students. Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, Mich., and Oakland plan on building new facilities on their campuses to accommodate that growth. Plans for the school first sprung in 2007, with the Beaumont and Oakland boards approving the private funding in 2008. Students will train exclusively at Beaumont facilities. Rotations will be done primarily at Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak and Beaumont Hospital-Troy. Beaumont officials said about one-third of their doctors are about the reach retirement age, and officials hope the new school will help combat a predicted shortage of more than 4,000 doctors in Michigan in the next decade.