One Medical School. Two Campuses. More Physicians.
Missouri is among the states with a severe shortage of rural physicians with 90 percent of Missouri counties not having enough doctors. Thirty-seven percent of Missourians live in rural communities, but only 18 percent of Missouri physicians practice there.
In addition, Missouri faces a shortage of physician residency programs. There are several programs in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia, but currently only one residency program in Springfield.
MU School of Medicine has continuously addressed Missouri’s critical physician shortage with its Rural Track Pipeline Program and Rural Residency Program. In another initiative to train more doctors for rural communities, the MU School of Medicine opened a second clinical campus in Springfield in 2016 and the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center in Columbia in 2017. Through these additions, the University of Missouri expanded its medical school class to provide more than 300 additional physicians for Missouri. The presence of the clinical campus in Springfield also opens the door for the creation of additional community-based residency programs in Southwest Missouri and other regions in Missouri.
Springfield Clinical Campus
The Springfield Clinical Campus is a public/private partnership with CoxHealth and Mercy hospitals – doctors to provide patient-centered care for the people of the state and beyond. The MU-SOM admitted an expanded class of 128 medical students in July 2017 and 32 of those students will begin training at the Springfield Clinical Campus in June 2019. 64 students training in Springfield annually starting in July 2020, for a total of 128 medical students in the Springfield Clinical Campus pipeline.
The MU School of Medicine model explicitly focuses students’ attention on the people they are preparing to serve, and students’ clinically-based education will draw on the patient-centered care provided by CoxHealth, Mercy and University of Missouri Health Care. MU’s unique partnership will serve as a model for other areas of the state — and nation — that face shortages of health care professionals.