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Three Newly Accredited Medical Schools Address Health Care Needs of the Nation's Patients

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2015—The nation now has a record 144 medical schools, with the addition of three new medical schools that received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The three new schools have joined the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).

California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, Calif., will focus on educating primary care physicians. CUNY School of Medicine, located on the campus of The City College of New York in Harlem in New York, N.Y., and its commitment to increasing diversity in medical education, also will concentrate on primary care training. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas, will focus on leadership, interprofessional, and transdisciplinary education as part of a research-intensive health system.

“At a time when the nation faces a doctor shortage, these schools and their diverse missions will help ensure greater access to care for a growing, aging population. We look forward to the outstanding contributions that will be made by the excellent physicians who train at these and all of our medical school programs,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. “The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have committed to expanding medical student enrollment by 30 percent by 2019 to address the coming shortage. These new institutions are part of that effort. Now Congress must act to lift the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education so that all new physicians can complete their residency training and serve their communities.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 144 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom

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