For the past almost three years we have been working on a plan to expand medical education at the UNC School of Medicine.
In the spring of 2008, the UNC Board of Governors approved this plan — which will eventually see our class size go from the current 160 to a new size of 230 students per year. We will do that in partnership with colleagues at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and Mission Health in Asheville.
We had asked for and much hoped for new state funding for this expansion — but the recession and the state’s fiscal problems have prevented that.
Nonetheless, we have now decided to proceed with the expansion, albeit on a slower timetable.
This Saturday I will be in Charlotte and Asheville to do ribbon cuttings for the new branch campuses of our med school in each of those cities. This is truly a landmark set of events, and we will be celebrating this progress toward meeting the health care needs of our state.