New medical school offers opportunities for collaboration

Rendering of the exterior Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine building
A rendering of the exterior of the new Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine facility, slated to open in Fall 2013

Feb. 18, 2013 - When the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University opens its doors to new students in Fall 2013, it will be an exciting development for the region's health care community. It will also be a fantastic opportunity for Quinnipiac law students interested in health care law. 

Quinnipiac will become one of only 89 universities in the country with both a law school and a medical school, which means great potential for innovative shared learning and partnerships between the two fields.

 "We are very excited about the possibilities of the law and medical schools developing interdisciplinary and collaborative programs," said Ed Wilkes, dean of admissions at the School of Law. "The law school offers a concentration in health law, and three of our professors, two in health law, already have joint appointments with the medical school," he said.

The physical proximity of the schools will help to foster combined programs and strong connections as well. In 2014, the law school will join the medical school at Quinnipiac's newly-transformed, state-of-the-art North Haven Campus, already home to the schools of Health Sciences, Education and Nursing.

The School of Medicine, which will train primary care physicians, is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health professions education and improve the way health care is delivered. Medical students at Quinnipiac will be part of a learning environment where they will interact with students from the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing to learn to become effective members of a primary health care team.

"Quinnipiac will be at the forefront nationally in addressing the critical need for more primary care physicians, especially as health care reform is expected to bring an additional 30 million Americans into the U.S. health care system," said Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey.  "A Quinnipiac medical school with a primary care emphasis combined with our existing primary care-focused nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs will make Quinnipiac uniquely positioned to help solve the primary care needs of our country."

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is named in honor of the noted surgeon and world's most prolific medical illustrator. Learn more