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Proposed medical school breaks ground at university

September 18, 2018

MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana Monroe has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a proposed medical school.

The News-Star of Monroe reports that the university held the ceremony for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday. VCOM already has campuses in Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama.

John G. Rocovich Jr. started the college to bring medical care to low-income, rural areas in the southeastern U.S. and solve the problem of underrepresented physicians where they’re needed most.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the medical school will help raise the quality of life and have an economic impact of somewhere between $60 million and $77 million a year.

VCOM is seeking national accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and could open as early as fall 2020.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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