Minnesota could get a third medical school.
Allina Hospitals and Clinics and the University of St. Thomas are looking at creating a med school in Minneapolis to train primary care physicians.
Right now the idea is only in the talking stage. But Allina and St. Thomas plan to present the concept to their boards of directors this week.
The boards will be asked to approve a feasibility study. The proposed medical school would have 40 students per class, with an emphasis on primary care.
According to an Allina analysis of the market, Minnesota could use an additional medical school because the state graduates proportionately fewer doctors than its neighboring states.
Minnesota has two medical schools -- the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in combination with the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the Mayo Clinic.
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