Wake Forest School of Medicine gets approval to open school in Charlotte | Local News

Wake Forest School of Medicine gets approval to open school in Charlotte | Local News

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The next step will be the medical school submitting an application to the Liaison committee in 2022 to seek approval to expand instruction for the program to include years one and two.

Eugene Woods, Atrium’s president and chief executive, has said the medical school could have 1,600 educators and a diverse mix of 3,200 students.

Freischlag said Wednesday the approvals “ensure, on Day 1, our students are equipped with the purpose-driven knowledge, skills and experience they need to become successful caregivers and leaders in providing the best care for all.”

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Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. without a four-year medical school, and the school has been long been a goal of the city’s civic and elected officials.

In February, Atrium unveiled illustrations of the planned campus, which is to feature a seven-story main building, a large tower and a fountain area.

Atrium has not disclosed how much it will spend on the medical school.

Woods has said the “total cost is evolving as we look at other partners who want to plant a flag here.”

The groups envision the medical school campus as the “nucleus for collaborative efforts in Charlotte that will bring about new innovations in health technology and research, much like the Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem.”

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