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Decision on new med school to be made in coming months

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The director of the Evansville IU Medical School says he expects a decision about the school to be made in the coming months. 

Dr. Steven Becker spoke at the Evansville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday about where the IU Medical School plans stand at this point. 

Dr. Becker says, right now, the second part of consulting firm Tripp Umbach's study is almost complete.

He says they still do not know where this new health and science research facility will be located, but that decision will be made by the IU Board of Trustees, hopefully in February. That's when he estimates they'll also know more about the cost and specific programs. 

Part of the plan is to add a 40,000 square foot simulation center equipped with mannequins. 

Four universities- USI, UE, IU, and Ivy Tech- have agreed to a shared campus.  

Dr. Becker says the goal of the project is to grow residency programs to keep doctors local.

"The idea of this campus is to train the next generation of healthcare professionals in an interprofessional manner so that they all learn together. We train together and we hit the workforce ready for the current challenges in medical care," Dr. Becker said.

Dr. Becker says the plan is to break ground on the site in 2015 and start using the campus in 2017. 

More details are set to be announced October 18 at the Chamber at 10 a.m.

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