A message from Dr. Roper - Response to study recommending new medical school in Charlotte

Please read this message from Dr. Roper in response to a study released Wednesday, May 27, recommending the creation of a new medical school in Charlotte.

UNC School of Medicine Faculty & Staff,

Thank you all for your commitment and service to the UNC School of Medicine. Without your work, the School would not have its nationally renowned reputation or legacy of excellence.

I wanted to bring your attention to a study that was released Wednesday, May 27, which recommends the creation, over time, of a new medical school in Charlotte, separate from our school. The study, commissioned by the Charlotte Medical Education Expansion Commission, concludes that opening a new medical school will drive economic benefits and help fill the physician shortage across our state.

As you know, the UNC School of Medicine has had a branch campus in Charlotte since 2009. We strongly believe that the best and most effective long-term path forward is one that builds upon the current foundation we have built through the School of Medicine along with UNC Charlotte and Carolinas HealthCare System.

The study reinforces what I have long believed, which is that expanding the medical school in Charlotte would be good for the community as well as for potential students. However, I do not believe the creation of a new, separate medical school in Charlotte is a sound business decision.

Please also read the joint statement that I signed along with Chancellor Carol L. Folt, UNC-Chapel Hill; Chancellor Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte; and CEO Michael Tarwater, Carolinas HealthCare System.

The full study commissioned by the Charlotte Medical Education Expansion Commission can be found here.

Thank you again for everything you do to make the UNC School of Medicine one of the top medical schools in the country.

Please contact Vice Dean Julie Byerley if you have any questions.


William L. Roper, MD, MPH
Dean, UNC School of Medicine
CEO, UNC Health Care

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