Residents and members of the healthcare community met on Wednesday to discuss the impact the new IU Medical School campus.
Officials stress that the new campus in Evansville will bring an influx of doctors and nurses that will be able to provide more affordable healthcare, especially to low-income families.
The Associate Dean of IU Medical School-Evansville, Dr. Steven Becker, says the school will foster the need for medical professionals in our region. He says the residency program will be expanded from about 20 students currently to 150 students.
Those residents rotate between local hospitals and clinics that serve residents that typically wouldn't have access to healthcare.
Dr. Becker and a top local physician agree that the new campus will train new doctors and provide continuing education.
"51% of the IU School of Medicine students that graduate will practice in the State of Indiana. If those students do a residency in the State of Indiana, it's 78%. 78% is 6th in the nation, so if we train them, we keep them," Dr. Becker said.
"The importance of it is to really bring the highest quality, best trained physicians, many of who will probably be from this area or from the region, to have them come train in Evansville, educate in Evansville, train in Evansville and stay in Evansville to service the healthcare needs of our community," Dr. Paul Perry, of Tri-State Orthopedics.
Dr. Becker says by 2030 the school will create 3,000 jobs and the economic impact on the region is expected to be between $560 million to $580 million a year.