WPAHS slates medical school campus

North Side site to be announced today as satellite of Temple U. School of Medicine

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West Penn Allegheny Health System officials say they will detail "plans to expand the system's medical education program" at an 11 a.m. news conference today in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The officials are expected to announce WPAHS will become a regional campus for Temple University's School of Medicine, with classrooms located on the North Side.

Third- and fourth-year medical students at both Temple and Drexel University in Philadelphia have been doing clinical rotations through WPAHS hospitals for more than 10 years, but as a regional campus WPAHS will have medical students for all four years.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is the only free-standing medical school in Western Pennsylvania. It has about 570 students, 2,000 regular faculty and another 2,000 volunteer faculty members.

The six other medical schools in Pennsylvania are Philadelphia-based programs at Temple, the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University; Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey; and the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, which opened in 2009.

Steve Twedt: stwedt@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1963.


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