School of Medicine will increase class size in Fall 2014

School of Medicine students in classroom

March 10, 2014 - The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine has received approval to admit a larger class this fall.

The Liaison Committee of Medical Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the reliable authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the medical degree, has notified Quinnipiac that it can increase its class size from 60 to 90 students this fall.

"Obtaining approval from the LCME to increase class size to 90 students is the next step in the planned expansion of the medical school to its eventual target of 125 students per class," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "The approval means that in the analysis of the LCME, the School of Medicine has demonstrated that it has the resources to provide a high quality educational experience for 90 students."

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, which opened in August 2013, is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus with the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. The three schools are united not only in the same state-of-the-art complex but by the same mission: to graduate medical and health care practitioners who will be the driving force for a more collaborative, economical and efficient health care system. With the addition of a medical school, Quinnipiac is educating the triad responsible for primary care - the physician assistant, nurse practitioner and physician.

The students attend medical school in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation laboratories, examination and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, operating rooms and electronic resources that enable them to access the information they need around the clock.

Students in the first medical school class came from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. The list of schools where they received their undergraduate educations includes: Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, New York University, Providence College and Quinnipiac.

The full-time faculty is made up of 22 professors. Many of them left positions at other institutions, including Yale University, Harvard University, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of California-San Diego and University of Indiana, to teach at Quinnipiac.

The school is named for Dr. Frank H. Netter, a world-renowned medical illustrator whose drawings and atlases have educated medical students for decades.

In the Fall of 2014, the Quinnipiac University School of Law will move to a new 154,749 square-foot facility that will be adjacent to the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus. The School of Education also is located on the North Haven Campus.