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University of North Texas regents OK plan for med school

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 20, 2010

The vision of an M.D. school in Fort Worth took another big step Thursday when the University of North Texas regents voted unanimously to proceed with plans to establish a program at the UNT Health Science Center. Already, $25 million has been raised for start-up costs, said Dr. Scott Ransom, president of the health science center. "This is a win, win, win," he said, adding that about 90 donors have contributed to the program and many more commitments have been made. "This is a huge deal for Fort Worth, Texas." At the meeting, two osteopathic physicians expressed concern that an M.D. school would detract from the highly regarded Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and asked the regents to reject the plan. The plan calls for students to begin classes in 2013. But the Legislature must first approve the program during the 2011 session.