One Medical School. Two Campuses. More Physicians.

The United States is in a shortage of practicing physicians and is expected to have this shortage rise in the coming years. By 2023, that number could climb to 122,000. The state of Missouri is among the states with a severe shortage of rural physicians with 90 percent of Missouri counties not having enough doctors.

 

In an initiative to train more physicians for Missouri, 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.

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Columbia Clinical Campus

The Columbia Clinical Campus entails clinical years through University Hospital, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, and with a partnership through the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. With the MU-SOM expansion to Springfield, a portion of each medical school class will have their clinical years in southwest Missouri, while the majority of the class remains in Columbia.

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.

MU School of Medicine has continuously addressed Missouri’s critical physician shortage with its Rural Track Pipeline Program and Rural Residency Program. Thirty-seven percent of Missourians live in rural communities, but only 18 percent of Missouri physicians practice there.

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