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New med school aims to train primary care docs

Kaiser Health News, April 3, 2013

Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. It's a school with a very specific mission: minting new doctors who want to go into primary care practice. "We have over 1,600 applicants, and we will interview 400 applicants for 60 spots," Ellison says. Under the Affordable Care Act, millions more people with insurance may be headed to the doctor's office. That means the medical system will need more doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare workers to meet the demand.