3 Kentucky health organizations collaborate on medical school program

Lexington-based the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Bowling Green, Ky.-based The Medical Center and Western Kentucky University, also in Bowling Green, are collaborating on a medical school program for students at UK's College of Medicine and WKU, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

According to the partnership agreement effective in 2018, 30 medical students from the two universities will attend classes in a building to be constructed on The Medical Center's Bowling Green campus. Students will receive a medical degree conferred by the University of Kentucky, according to the article.

"It's not every day that you're able to get a medical school in your community and this is a big accomplishment," said Don Brown, DO, director of medical education at The Medical Center. "It raises the bar for the practice of medicine."

"I think the opening of this medical school is a tremendous opportunity for Western Kentucky University, it's a tremendous opportunity for this community," said WKU Provost David Lee. "Having a four-year medical school here will brings lots of talented students to this area, and I think many of the students at this medical school will be interested in establishing their medical practice here.”"

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