The first students admitted to the new $100 million Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 19.
“The need for well-educated and highly trained physicians has never been greater,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs. “The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is poised to develop physicians who will become integral members of patient-centered health care teams, working closely with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care.”
The medical school is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus with the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. The three schools will be united not only in the same state-of-the-art complex but by the same mission: to graduate medical and health care practitioners who will be the driving force for a more collaborative, economical and efficient health care system. With the addition of a medical school, Quinnipiac will be educating the triad responsible for primary care—the physician assistant, nurse practitioner and physician.
The 60 students in the first class will attend medical school in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation laboratories, examination and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, operating rooms and electronic resources that enable them to access the information they’ll need around the clock.
Students in the first class come from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. The list of schools where they received their undergraduate educations includes: Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, New York University and Providence College.
The full-time faculty is made up of 22 professors. Many of them left positions at other institutions, including Yale University, Harvard University, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of California-San Diego and University of Indiana, to teach at Quinnipiac.
In addition, the school has 298 clinical faculty, including physicians from St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Bridgeport, the medical school’s principal clinical partner, Middlesex Hospital of Middletown, MidState Medical Center of Meriden, Waterbury Hospital, Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home of Fairfield. Hartford Hospital is a research partner of the medical school.
“Our faculty’s primary focus on student learning and our commitment to instructional excellence are the underpinnings that create a unique, student-centered environment,” said Stephen Wikel, professor and chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and senior associate dean for scholarship. “This results in superbly prepared clinicians with all the skills needed to provide the highest quality care for patients.”
In the Fall of 2012, the medical school received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the state Board of Education.
The school is named for Dr. Frank H. Netter, a world-renowned medical illustrator whose drawings and atlases have educated medical students for decades.