University Missouri School of Medicine Opens Clinical Campus in Springfield


On Monday, June 13, the University of Missouri School of Medicine along with CoxHealth hospital and Mercy Springfield, publicly acknowledge the official opening of the MU medical school’s new clinical campus in Springfield.

The collaboration between the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Springfield health systems was brought into existence to help the nation’s critical shortage of physicians.

In a news release, the dean of the MU School of Medicine – Patrick Delafontaine, stated that it is important to understand that they are still one tertiary educational institution, fortunately, with two top-quality campuses with the best clinical partners in the state.

Delafontaine also stated that they have the associates, resources and talent needed to make a thorough medical education in Missouri.

The medical students of University of Missouri are allowed to complete their last two years of training in the new clinical campus – where the MU medical students will spend time learning inside Mercy and CoxHealth.

Linda Headrick, the senior associate dean for education at the MU School of Medicine, said in a statement that the ceremony is very meaningful to them.

Headrick also said that in the new clinical campus, the medical students will improve with high-quality practice in a great community.

The students will also have the privilege to work one-on-one with attending physicians.

The expansion of MU will definitely have a significant impact in the state of Missouri, as the state’s economy will annually benefit the additional 300 physicians, 3,500 new health care jobs and $390 million.

Andrew Evans (associate dean and chief academic officer for the medical school’s Springfield) stated that at the start of the 2016-17, nine medical students will start their last two years of medical training.

Evans also made it known that as the result of the university’s expansion, starting in August 2017, 32 medical students every year will be added to  University of Missouri School of Medicine.

The administration slated a total of 64 third- and fourth-year medical students will based in Springfield by 2020.

Evans said in a statement that as their organizations unite to develop a second clinical campus in Springfield, Missouri – it was a successful way to expand health care and medical education in the communities they perform their services.

As stated in the university’s press release, there are more than 90 percent of Missouri counties don’t have the means of access to health care professionals.

Weldon Webb, MU’s associate dean for the Springfield Clinical Campus Implementation, stated that the medical school expansion of University of Missouri is estimated to unleash another 300 physicians in the state of  Missouri in 20 years.

Frank Romero, chief medical officer for CoxHealth, said that if you give students more options for clinical training in other hospitals and physician practices, they can be educated on the diverse health needs of Missouri state and it will increase the odds of more physicians being positioned in Springfield and southwest Missouri.

The chief operating officer for Mercy Springfield Clinics – Stuart Stangeland, pitched in his thought about the new clinical campus by saying that, collaborating with University of Missouri School of Medicine and CoxHealth for this expansion, is a like-minded organizations join forces to do what’s right for patients in the future.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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