YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University is hoping to graduate more doctors who want to specialize in family medicine with a new program.
The university’s current partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) dates back to the early 1970s and has traditionally produced a high amount of specialists. But NEOMed’s and the university’s mission is to train primary care physicians to treat those in rural and urban areas who are financially disadvantaged.
A new collaboration called YSU-BaccMed will begin next fall. The program will allow students to earn both bachelor’s and medical degree within a seven-year period, including three baccalaureate pre-med years at YSU, followed by four medical years at NEOMED.
The first YSU-BaccMed class will include 20 students. The second class, which starts in fall 2017, will include 40 students; and the third class, starting fall 2018, will include 70 students.
Stephen Rodabaugh, associate dean of the YSU STEM College and the YSU-NEOMED liaison officer, said the program should benefit many students.
“Students who have high potential in biology, chemistry, physics and math, regardless of what major they start out in, or who comes from high school with high potential in those areas and has an interest in primary care, we think we have exactly the program for them,” he said.
For more information on the YSU-BaccMed program, visit the university’s website.