Victor Francone appointed to the founding faculty

Victor Francone
Victor Francone

May 22, 2013 - Victor Francone has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Francone, an assistant professor of medical sciences, will teach cellular and molecular biology at Connecticut's newest medical school, which will focus on training primary care physicians. The school will welcome its first class of 60 students in August.

"Starting a new school of medicine is one of the most exciting opportunities any educator can participate in," Francone said.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is located in the Center for Medicine, Health Sciences and Nursing on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus, with the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing. The three schools will be 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 will be educating the triad responsible for primary care-the physician assistant, nurse practitioner and physician.

"The innovative, creatively integrated, longitudinal and primary care centered curriculum was a very attractive opportunity for me to help create as a new paradigm of medical education," Francone said. "During my mother's tenure as physical therapist, I could see the critical role inter-professional communication, coordination and respect had on the quality of health provided as well as patient outcomes. The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine's focus on inter-professional education will position our students to be fully prepared to practice within recently enacted health care provisions."

Francone, a native of Barcelona, Spain, earned his doctorate from the University of Barcelona. He also holds a biology degree from the University of Barcelona. He is a member of the American Society of Neurochemistry and the American Society of Cell Biology. Before joining Quinnipiac, Francone was an assistant professor of neuroscience at The Commonwealth Medical College of Scranton, Pa.

"Victor came to the medical school after serving at another new and developing school," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "That experience, and his expertise in neuroscience and cell biology have been invaluable as we get ready to welcome our charter class."

The medical school has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the state Board of Education. St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport has been named the medical school's primary clinical partner. The school is named for Dr. Frank H. Netter, a world-renowned medical illustrator whose drawings and atlases have educated medical students for decades.