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Published February 19, 2010, 09:40 AM

Medical School Expansion

The University of North Dakota's medical school wants to increase its staff and building space to train more health professionals, and it would be expensive.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota's

medical school wants to increase its staff and building space to

train more health professionals, and it would be expensive.

UND officials estimate the plan would increase the annual number

of medical school graduates from 55 to 71 over six years.

Interim medical school dean Joshua Wynne sketched out the idea

for North Dakota's Board of Higher Education on Thursday.

The plan calls for boosting the medical school's state general

fund support by 68 percent over six years. It includes a $25

million building.

Wynne says North Dakota faces a doctor shortage, and he says

North Dakota-trained doctors are more likely to stay in the state.

The Legislature will review the proposal.

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