School of Medicine primary care mission featured on CBS News

Eva Amenta medical student
Eva Amenta will be one of the 60 students who will begin their medical training at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in Fall 2013.

May 9, 2013 - CBS Newspath featured the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine on several of the network's affiliates nationwide, including in Montana, Texas, Alaska, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas and California.

Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean of the School of Medicine, and Eva Amenta and Timothy O'Rourke, future medical students, were interviewed for the story.

"You've heard of the fiscal cliff, I think we're on the edge of a healthcare cliff," said Koeppen. He points out that doctors in the workforce are aging, with almost one third expected to retire in the next decade, while 30 million people will be insured for the first time and looking for medical care, due to the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

That's where future physicians like Amenta and O'Rourke come in.

"I can't really remember a time that I didn't want to be a physician and that I wasn't pursuing medicine," said Amenta.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine hopes to train at least half of its physicians to be primary care doctors in an effort to replace the nearly 130,000 doctor shortage expected by 2025. The School of Medicine will begin training its first class of 60 students in Fall 2013.

The story was also picked up by several radio stations throughout the nation, including on KIRO radio, on May 14.